In the episode, defending his stand contrary to that of Justice MB Shah’s report, on being questioned by the anchor, Parrikar said that there are about 30 to 40 mines out of the 90 mines that are not necessarily indulging in illegal mining, some may have a few minor irregularities. Shah panel, however, noted that all 90 mines in Goa were indulging in some form of illegal mining.
Parrikar surprising justification on being asked to support his distinction from Justice MB Shah’s report opens up an even bigger can of worms on the authenticity of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report that he drafted when in Opposition. According to the Chief Minister, “The details, documents and necessary inputs provided from the Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) were never accurate at most times and even during his investigations as PAC chairman, the figures DMG provided always changed and were never accurate.”
With Goa CM making such declaration stating that DMG records or details provided could be inaccurate, which leads to several question on the veracity of both the details in the PAC report and Shah Commission report. Or is the CM shooting in the dark once again.