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Goa SIT summons Karwar MLA over illegal mining case

PANAJI: The special investigating team probing the alleged multi-crore mining scam has summoned Independent MLA of Karwar Santeesh Sail.

SIT officials said that Sail, who is the director of Mallikarjun Shipping Private Limited, has been summoned to appear before the SIT on Monday.

The summons has been issued by investigating officer Dattaguru Sawant.

Sources said that Sail has been summoned for his alleged involvement in illegal mining activities/exports of iron ore in Goa during the period 2007-2012, which were carried out in connivance with fly-by-night traders and leaseholders.

The alleged involvement of Sail came to light after traders’ arrests by the SIT, the sources said adding that the Karwar MLA was earlier arrested by the CBI for his alleged hand in illegal mining scam in Karnataka.

The SIT has filed a provisional chargesheet against 16 accused,  including former chief minister Digambar Kamat, in connection with the main illegal mining case in which the team has been examining several mining leases vis-à-vis  renewals and other illegalities.

The chargesheet running into over 700 pages pertains to an  illegal condonation of delay of a mining lease in Quepem (Kadnekar mine).

The SIT has relied upon 25 witnesses in the case.

The chargesheet was  filed before the sessions court, Panaji, on charges of illegal condonation of delay of mining lease, theft of iron ore, criminal conspiracy, wrongful loss to the state exchequer to the tune of Rs 135 crore.

Besides Kamat, the then senior geologist of directorate of mines and geology A T D’Souza;  the then assistant geologist Hector Fernandes; Vaicuntrao Kadnekar and other members of Kadnekar family; Ravindra Prakash and Prashant Sahu of Magnum Minerals Pvt Ltd have also been named as an accused in the case.

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