Jonathan De Souza – IndyaWire.com | 27th August 2015
Generation Next President Durgadas Kamat has alleged that there is a nexus between government officials of the Goa state Home Department and casino operators in the state. Addressing a press conference in Panaji on Wednesday, Kamat said he had lodged a police complaint against Bogmalo Beach Resort and Trade Wings and Management of Casino Pearl for operating casinos without a license.
As reported by IndyaWire.com a written complaint was submitted to the Vasco Police Station and filed by Adv Yemane D”Souza – General Secretary of Generation Next which is headed by Durgadas Kamat. According to the complaint, a copy of which is with IndyaWire.com, the Government of Goa had issued license to M/s Trade Wings Hotels Ltd to operate and run slot and games’ amusement machines on 17th August 2010. The license expired on 16th August 2015, according to Kamat and the license has not yet been renewed, but the resort continues to operate and run the slot and gambling machines with impunity, alleges Kamat.
Further, Kamat says in his complaint letter to the police, that Bogmalo Beach Resort‘s 5-star classification also expired in May 2015 and hence it is not eligible for the renewal of a Casino license under Section 13A of the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act.
In spite of the expiry of both licenses – 5-star classification as well as Casino license, Bogmalo Beach Resort at Bogmalo continues to operate its Casino with scant respect for the law, right under the nose of the police and Government of Goa. Both the police and the Home Department – headed by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar are aware of this issue, but have done nothing to book the erring Casino operators, Kamat alleged.
Generation Next for Goa (GenX) urged Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to undertake asset verification of all officials, including the secretary and under secretary, attached to the Home Department, alleging their connivance with casino operators.
Addressing the media, Durgadas Kamat of GenX, said that senior officials of the Home department are in connivance with offshore and onshore casino operators and demanded that their assets be verified. “Despite the Chief Minister rejecting the renewal license of the casino of the resort, the Home department officials allowed them to continue illegal gambling activities,” he alleged.