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BJP puts Goa mining scam at Rs 25,000 crore

india Updated: Oct 07, 2011 20:10 IST
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BJP on Friday pegged Goa mining scam at Rs 25,000 crore, and claimed that the profits of the scam were being routed through companies in tax haven countries like Mauritius and Cayman Islands.

BJP national secretary Kirit Somaiya alleged at a press conference in Panaji on Friday that "this is the biggest illegal mining scam in India, running into Rs 25,000 crore in the period of just two years".

He also alleged that senior members of the government were involved in the scam.

"Like the 2G scam, the scam money is being routed through companies set up in tax havens like Mauritius and Cayman islands," Somaiya said.

He said the party would be handing over evidence related to the scam to Chief Vigilance Commissioner, and Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

"We will also file a case with CBI in Goa," Somaiya added.

He also demanded that a special investigation team -- to be monitored by a High Court judge -- be formed within fifteen days to probe the scam.

Goa Assembly's Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which has extensively investigated the illegal mining trade in the state, has pegged the scam at Rs 4,000 crore. It was headed by BJP leader Manohar Parrikar.