In what appears to be an attempt to weaken the attack on the Home Minister at the ongoing Assembly session, the government on Monday cancelled the licenses issued to two off shore casinos – Casino Royale and Arabian Sea King – on grounds that they did not possess the trading license.
Under the Goa Gambling Act, off shore casinos have to mandatorily have the trading license issued by the Director General of Shipping.
The cancellation order issued by Under Secretary (Home) V P Dangui also notes that the reply given by the two to the show cause notice was not satisfactory.
Incidentally the Under Secretary has cancelled the license even though the Captain of Ports has given them one month’s time to produce the license as the courts had asked the authorities to give the companies’ time to produce the documents.
What is significant is the fact that the three month deadline given to the companies to produce the documents expired on 18th January and the Captain of Ports had given a month’s extension and yet the Under Secretary has cancelled the license just as the Assembly session began.
The licenses given by the Home Department to these offshore casinos had expired nearly a year back.