The special investigation team (SIT) of Goa police arrested a businessman Imran Khan, 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, revealed SP (crime branch) Karthik Kashyap.
Kashyap expressed Khan allegedly extracted iron ore amounting to crores of rupees specifically for the period 2007-2012 “under the blessings and acting as a proxy to an influential politician from Salcete”.
Soon after he was arrested by the SIT at 6pm, Khan moved for bail before the sessions court. Arguments were heard by the district and sessions court at around 9pm.