Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar Wednesday said the government would not hesitate to hand over investigation in the “lottery scam” to the CBI.
He said, “The state government has urged the police to probe the matter. There are two issues related to the mismanagement in the lottery business. One relates to tax evasion. And the other to illegal lottery business.”
The Indian Express had brought to light the “confidential report” on the lottery business, which was allegedly hushed up by the Congress-NCP government.
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The CID report submitted to the Congress-NCP government pointed to blatant violation of central guidelines and also favours extended to private lottery operator M/s Martin Lottery Company.
Mungantiwar also urged serving and retired IAS officers, who had served during Congress-NCP regime, to come forward and furnish more details about the lottery business to enable them to take concrete measures to streamline the process.
Earlier, the Shiv Sena had sought a judicial investigation in the scam.