Alleging that this move by the government was arbitrary, unconstitutional and violative of fundamental rights, Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today stated that this government decision was utterly discriminatory and would not stand the test of law.
Stating that though he was personally against the Casino culture, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that this rule had to be challenged to ascertain the legal validity of a law banning Goans from entering Casinos.
Adv. Rodrigues has stated hat the move was a mere eye wash to fool the people of Goa by a Government which had a clear nexus with the Casino owners and was for vested monetary interests indirectly encouraging the Casino trade.
Adv. Rodrigues has also stated that the decision to allow only tourists to enter Casinos would be practically impossible to implement.
If the government was sincere about its intention not to encourage the Casinos it should drive them out of the River Mandovi as is required by law, stated Adv. Rodrigues.
Ridiculing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement that government revenue from Casinos would not be used for development works, Adv. Rodrigues has wondered whether a simlar stand would be also taken on revenue earned by the government from excise and illegal mining too.
Stating that the current Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni had over the last many years appeared for and defended the Casino owners before the High Court, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it was very improper for the Goa Government to now seek his legal opinion on the Casino issue.