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Goa govt to auction Gopal Kanda's casino

Posted on Jan 30, 04:01PM | IBNS

By John Edwards, Panaji, Jan 30 : The Goa government will possibly auction the 'abandoned' offshore casino vessel owned by controversial ex-minister from Haryana Gopal Kanda if it is not shifted from River Mandovi. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar while alleging that the erstwhile Congress government bent certain rules to bring in M V Leela, told the Assembly on Wednesday, that its license has been expired. "We have withdrawn the powers to transfer the casino from one company to another," he said adding, "We will attach the vessel under the Tourism Act and auction it." Parrikar asserted the government will not grant license even if a casino is sold to another company. There were reports mid-last year that the politician, currently being investigated as a prime accused in the Geetika Sharma suicide case, was set to sell off the casino and had already struck a deal, details of which were not disclosed to the media.

An official was also quoted as saying that annual fee was already paid to the state government.

The government has however said it is yet to recover a certain amount from the Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited.