A day after Shah Commissions report on Goas illegal mining was tabled in Parliament,the state government on Saturday decided to file FIRs against two former chief ministers and several bureaucrats for their alleged involvement in the mining scam.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters that FIRs would be filed against former chief ministers Pratap Singh Rane and Digambar Kamat,the then Directors of Mines,then Secretaries of Mines,officials of Union Ministry of Environment and Forest and that of Indian Bureau of Mines,within 15 days.
The FIRs would be based on the findings of the Shah Commission which has pegged illegal mining in Goa to the tune of Rs 35,000 crore, the Chief Minister said,adding that those indicted by the panel would be named in the FIR.
The state government will soon decide on whether to file FIR with the Crime Branch police or ACB of the state Vigilance Department,he said.
Officials from MoEF and IBM,who gave environment clearances to mines without verifying facts,would also be probed,he said. As to how the state could file FIRs against officials at the Centre,he said,The offence has taken place in Goa,so we have all the powers to prosecute the guilty in the state.
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