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Panaji: Former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today failed to make in-person before Goa Lokayukta in a case related to illegal grant of second renewal to 88 iron ore mining leases.

However, through his lawyer, he made his submission before Goa Lokayukta Justice (Retired) P K Misra

Owing to his daughter’s wedding ceremonies, Parsekar was unable to present in-person.

Lokayukta is investigating into the complaint filed by Goa Foundation (GF) demanding probe into the illegal second renewal of 88 leases.

The complaint is been filed under Section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

Goa News Hub had on Sunday reported Parsekar’s detail comment on the matter.

Parsekar had said that when the decision is taken by council of Ministers, how can only a Chief Minister be held accountable? “Also the decision was taken by Manohar Parrikar cabinet and not me. Then why is that only I have been investigated?” he questioned.

Parsekar said that during Parrikar tenure total 18 leases were granted second renewal and the process continued when he took over in November 2014 and more 70 leases were renewed.

“The complainant has accused me of corruption. Let him prove so. The Supreme Court has also rejected the same,” he said.

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