ED registers case in Goa mining scam

The Enforcement Directorate has registered a case of money laundering in the Goa illegal mining scam, which runs into around Rs 35,000 crore.

The ED’s action came after cognisance of the report of the Justice M B Commission, that investigated the alleged large scale irregularities, and an FIR registered by Goa Police.Around 80 companies involved in mining in the state have been named in the case registered by the Enforcement Directorate.

The money laundering case has been registered “against government officials, mining companies and entities identified and mentioned in the report of Central Empowered Committee (CEC) appointed by the Supreme Court and the Justice Shah Commission report including the report of the Public Accounts Committee of Goa.”

Investigators said the the exchequer suffered a huge loss due to laundering of money involved in mining and there was a need for an investigation under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Investigators are collecting records and other documents related to the case, sources said. Suspects are likely to be questioned soon. 

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