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Thursday 20 October 2011

No deadline to finish probe into Goa illegal mining: Justice M B Shah Commission

PANAJI: The Central government-appointed Justice M B Shah Commission today said there is no specific time-frame to finish the enquiry initiated into the illegal mining trade in Goa. 

"There is no deadline. As soon as we finish we will submit the report," U V Singh, a senior member of the Commission told reporters after holding discussion with the senior officials including Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr Shashi Kumar and Director of Mines and Geology Arvind Lolienkar, here. 

Justice R A Mehta, a consultant for the Commission, has also joined the team in Goa which has been going through the records. 

Initial reports had suggested that probe would end by October 25. 

Singh said it is not decided whether the report would be in two phases or a single report would be prepared on Goa illegal mining

Shah Commission had began investigation into Goa's illegal mining trade since September. The teams have already inspected all the 90-odd operational mines and 30-odd non operating mines in the state. 

Sources said eight different teams were formed which will revisit all the mines to cross verify the data. 

"There are some discrepancies which have been noticed and we want to bring them on record," a senior member said refusing to divulge more details.

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