Action against Goa CM after mining report?

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 18:43 hrs

Panaji, Sept 29 (IBNS) With Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat facing allegations of shielding a multi crore mining scam in the state, Congress' Goa desk incharge Jagmeet Singh Brar on Thursday said action against Kamat will be decided only after Justice Shah's report on mining.

Speaking to reporters in the capital, Brar said Justice Shah Commission's report into the large scale illegal mining will be studied before deciding any action against Kamat.

"Justice Shah Commission is intensely probing into the illegal mining. Soon after they complete the enquiry and submit its report to the Congress High Command, the legal experts will study it and deciding any action against those involved," Brar said.

The role of Kamat, who has also been the mines minister for nearly 12 years, has come under scanner for protecting the mining lobby and ignoring complaints.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday instructed Brar for a report on the matter and its political ramifications.

Responding to a media question, Brar, who is in Goa along with All India Congress Committee's Secretary Sudhakar Reddy refused any leadership change in Goa.

"There is no question of any change in leadership until the findings of the Shah Commission is submitted," he said adding that if required, the report will be referred to the CBI.

He further said that those found blatantly involved in the illegal mining will be refused ticket for the forthcoming elections in Goa.

Justice M B Shah led committee has already begun a thorough probe into the rampant illegal mining in the State which is calculated between Rs 1,200 crores and Rs 10,000 crores. Eight teams of the commission are conducting site visits and inspection and collecting data.

State Mines and Geology department has already furnished details of 22 mines operating illegally in the state. The list also includes mining property owned by former NCP's national secretary Jitendra Deshprabhu.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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