Santosh Hegde to guide Goa activists in mining scam

September 11th, 2012 - 9:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Sep 11 (IANS) Former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, who exposed the illegal mining scam in his state, will now give civil society activists in Goa tips to bring to book those responsible for the Rs.35,000 crore mining scam there, an activist said Tuesday.

India Against Corruption’s (IAC) Goa co-ordinator Valmiki Naik said that Hegde would be in Goa next week in order to give “legal guidance” in light of the Justice M.B. Shah Commission report, which exposed the mega scam in which several politicians, bureaucrats and mining companies have been indicted.

“Considering the fact that Justice Hegde and Justice Shah have shown a way which alone can take Goa to a better future, IAC demands that two major roads leading from the mining areas to the Secretariat should be named after these judges,” Naik said.

Hegde’s exhaustive report as the Karnataka lokayukta nailed the mining scam in the state resulting in the arrest of several bigwigs including the Reddy brothers.

The movement against illegal mining has already got a shot in the arm with the IAC pitching in.

Naik said that political parties in Goa were playing as “henchmen” to the mining industry, because they have received major political donations from unscrupulous mining majors.

“Most political parties in Goa have received major political donations amounting to millions of rupees from the mining industry. It is futile to expect from the parties any meaningful action against blatant illegalities and violations in the mining industry,” he said.

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