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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Govt does not rule out 6th offshore casino

May renew licence of former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda’s Golden Globe casino

PORVORIM: The BJP-led government has not ruled out the possibility of allowing a sixth offshore casino vessel in River Mandovi. It may consider renewing the licence of Golden Globe’s casino owned by Golden Globe Hotels Pvt Ltd (GGHPL), provided the owner deposits the pending arrears of around Rs 50 crore in the State treasury.

GGHPL, a subsidiary of former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda’s MDLR group’s casino, had failed to pay the annual licence fee. This had forced the State to not renew its licence and the same was challenged before the High Court.
“See, it is not a new casino. It is the same old casino. It was not operational. They had gone to court as government had not renewed their licence,” Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told media persons on the sidelines of the Assembly session on Wednesday.
“The pending arrears work out to be something between Rs 45 crore and Rs 50 crore. If they are ready to pay, we will see. The amount will come to the State treasury. Let him pay the entire arrears,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that the Advocate General has made some statement before the High Court on the issue. “I am not aware what exactly he has said. But I think something on the deposit of the pending amount by the casino owner and then deciding on the renewal of licence,” Parsekar said.
The High Court has disposed off the petition that the renewal of the casino licence from 2016 would be on the assumption that the licence has been renewed from 2011, subject to payment of the pending amount.

Herald Goa News

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