Digambar ‘aide’ held by SIT in mining case

The special investigation team (SIT) of Goa police arrested a businessman Imran Khan on Tuesday evening, who they said was running a mine in Sanguem as “a proxy” to former chief minister Digambar Kamat, in the Rs 35,000-crore illegal mining case.

Khan, a power of attorney holder of a mining lease in Sanguem, is accused of having fabricated environmental clearance. After the Goa State Pollution Control Board found out about the fabrication, the mining operation in TC no. 65/51 belonging to Amelia Figueiredo was suspended, SP (crime branch) Karthik Kashyap told TOI.

“The state government in 2009 ensured that the lease transfer approval was given by the mines minister in the name of legal heirs, who had given the power of attorney to Imran Khan,” a SIT officer said.

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