PANAJI: Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Amit Patkar today filed a defamation case against RGP Chief Manoj Parab for not only harming the Congress Party but also his own and his firm’s reputations.
“I have filed police complaint against RGP Manoj Parab under section 499 & 500 of IPC. With his wild and unfounded allegations, Parab has brought disrepute to me, my firm, and the party that I represent, the Congress,” said Patkar after filing complaint
Patkar said that the accusations were made at a BJP minister’s request and referred to Parab as a BJP agent.
Patkar also refuted RGP chief Manoj Parab’s claims that he is involved in a mining scam by telling Parab to first get his facts straight and avoid using false information to deceive the public.
Patkar mentioned that the company that placed the winning bid at the 22nd e-auction was the source of the iron ore he brought. “And just to clear the air, unlike what Parab said, my firm brought two lots. For a total of 50000 tonnes, there were two lots: 38,000 tonnes and 12,000 tonnes, according to Patkar.
“And of these fifty thousand tonnes, I have moved the iron ore to the private jetty from Pissurlem by adhering to all protocols and obtaining the required license from the Goa Pollution Board.
Patkar stated, “Parab needs to realize that the Supreme Court is keeping an eye on the entire process and there is no room for manipulation.”
Yesterday, Revolutionary Goans Party (RGP) Supremo Manoj Parab claimed that Congress President Amit Patkar received waivers during the e-auction process, thereby accusing Patkar of being involved in a mining scam.
Addressing a press conference, Parab stated that one company won the 22nd electronic iron ore auction of 2019, winning 38,000 tonnes of ore for which a specific lot number was assigned.
“ROM (run-off mines) is the ore type, and Pissurlem is the location of the ore for the same,” Parab said.
But in 2023, Parab said that the GPCC president’s company, Amit Earthmovers, receives a sale permit for the same lot number, and the ore is located at a private jetty. Moreover, iron ore fines are indicated as the type of ore, according to Parab.
“It is now unclear how the ore was moved from Pissurlem to the private jetty,” Parab remarked, raising concerns about the ore’s conversion from ROM to fines.
In addition, Parab drew attention to the Advocate General’s remarks regarding the 26th e-auction, which claimed that the company that had won the auction at the 22nd e-auction had failed to pay the full amount of the bid.