PANJIM: CID of Crime Branch sleuths have arrested contractor Gitesh Naik in the illegal mining case scam relating to NCP legislator Jitendra Deshprabhu.  Crime Branch officials said that Gitesh would illegally transport the ore extracted from the property owned by Deshprabhu in Khorgao village.
But it appears that this is just a wool over the eyes of the public when it is clear that this is a show put on by Goa Police and specially the inefficient Crime Branch of Goa Police to fool the public. The bribery prone Goa Police seem to try and fool the Goans by pretending to arrest a small fish and leave Jitendra Deshprabhu free as they (Goa police) are awarded handsomely by Deshprabhu.
The arrest was made following directions by Judicial Magistrate First Class, Pernem to register a case against Deshprabhu and others for cheating government to the tune of Rs 50 crore. A case with regards to this was registered on February 13.
On February 11, activists Pradeep Kakodkar, Kashinath Shetye and Ketan Govekar had filed a police complaint alleging that NCP legislator and others cheated State Government of Rs 50 crore.
The complaint letter had also named Director of Industries and Mines, Director of Transport, Chairman of Goa State Pollution Control Board, Chief Conservator of Forest department and other officials from the respective departments and Korgao village panchayat of being involved in the illegal mining scam.
They have been booked for conspiracy, corruption, cheating and others sections of Indian Penal Code, various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Town and Country Planning Act, Mining and Minerals Act, Goa Prevention of Illegal Mining and Transportation and Storage of Mineral Rules, Forest Act, and other offences.
It may be recalled that Deshprabhu was fined Rs 1.72 crore for illegal mining of iron ore in Goa, according to documents sourced from state mining department.
Deshprabhu had claimed that while the land where illegal mining was being carried out was owned by him, he was not behind the mining operations.  Mining department officials in turn had said that son of a senior cabinet minister had been awarded the contract to extract the iron ore from the mining pit.


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