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Thursday, August 4, 2011

GOA MINING SCAM: NCP leader Deshprabhu arrested in Goa illegal mining case!

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PTI / The Hindu / PANAJI, August 4, 2011.

Senior NCP leader Jitendra Deshprabhu was arrested in an illegal mining case, minutes after a court rejected his anticipatory bail petition on Thursday.
As Additional District and Sessions Court rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by Mr. Deshprabhu, the party’s national secretary, he was taken to Goa Crime Branch office at Dona Paula where he was placed under arrest, police said.
The NCP leader is the prime accused in the multi-crore illegal mining case wherein iron ore was illegally extracted from his property (an open plot) at Pernem taluka.
The Crime Branch, investigating the case, has already rounded up Gitesh Naik, a person working with Mr. Deshprabhu as a contractor to transport the ore.
Mines and Geology Department had earlier confirmed the illegal ore extraction and slapped a Rs 1.7-crore fine on Mr. Deshprabhu whose party is part of Goa’s ruling Congress-led alliance. The high-profile leader from North Goa had ignored three summons issued against him to appear before the Investigating Officer.

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