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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Complaint against newspaper, its TV channel for alleged gambling racket

PANAJI: A South Goa-based advocate has filed one more complaint against an English newspaper (not ‘The Navhind Times’) and its subsidiary, a local cable TV news channel for allegedly running a gambling racket under the garb of housie.

Complainant Rajeev Gomes has named the English newspaper, its editor-in-chief, group editor, printer and publisher, other management staff, sales and editorial personnel of the newspaper and the local cable TV news channel (subsidiary of the newspaper) for allegedly hatching a criminal conspiracy for the purpose of gaming and running a ‘common gaming house’ punishable under the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act, 1976.
Incidentally, few days back Gomes had filed another complaint in which the Crime Branch police are conducting preliminary inquiry against officials of the same English newspaper (not ‘The Navhind Times’) which is accused of allegedly hatching a criminal conspiracy to extort money from commercial entities.
The second complaint was filed before the Crime Branch on Wednesday and, according to information, it is being examined. The complaint is pertaining to a live game show of housie appearing on the local cable television (news) channel which assures prizes worth lakhs of rupees.
“It is a gambling racket operated under the garb of housie,” Gomes alleged, while speaking to media outside the Crime Branch office in Ribandar.
“I have personally verified and attached some documents in support of my claim pertaining to the case,” Gomes informed.
“Though it is announced that prizes worth a particular sum of money are given, actually cash amounts are given by the agents even up to Rs 20,000 and above that cash prizes are given at office of the newspaper, in exchange for the winning housie ticket,” Gomes said in his complaint.
Meanwhile, sometime back the Crime Branch police had conducted a preliminary inquiry into the live gaming show (housie) appearing on the local cable TV news channel, however, the inquiry revealed that technically no offence is made out but there could be issues with tax evasion.

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