Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

SIT books former Goa CM Rane, son for bribery

Press Trust of India | Panaji | Posted: July 6, 2014 1:52 am

The Special Investigation Team of Goa Police has booked former chief minister Pratapsingh Rane and his legislator son for allegedly accepting a Rs 6 crore bribe to facilitate the clearance of a mining lease.

The SIT had on July 3 registered a case against Rane and his son Vishwajit for allegedly accepting the bribe three years back. It is planning to call both the accused for interrogation.

“An FIR has been registered and we are investigating. Right now, we are in the process of collecting documents,” DIG KK Vyas said, adding that the SIT is yet to decide on when to call Rane and his son for interrogation. Rane is the Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly.

Bhalchandra Naik, chairman of Dahej Minerals, had recently alleged that Rane demanded a bribe of Rs 6 crore from him to facilitate the clearing of a mining lease and the money was accepted by his son Vishwajit.

However, Rane refuted the allegations and claimed he has never met Naik. “I don’t know who he (Naik) is. The allegations against me are false,” he said.

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