Kamat evades political conspiracy poser behind illegal mining

| Updated: Apr 24, 2017 22:45 IST

Panaji (Goa) [India] Apr 24 (ANI): Former Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat evaded a question about the political conspiracy behind the illegal mining case in which he got interim anticipatory bail on Monday. When asked whether there was a political conspiracy behind the FIR against him in illegal mining case, Kamat didn't give a straight answer. "Only god can tell you the truth," he said. The veteran Congress leader further refused to comment on the case saying "it is sub judice". Ahead of appearing before the Goa Crime Branch's Special Investigation Team (SIT), Kamat moved an anticipatory bail plea before the district court, which granted him an interim anticipatory bail and fixed the next hearing date on May 2, 2017. Goa Crime Branch SIT filed FIR against Kamat and others in August 2013 and he was first questioned in February 2014. It is alleged that iron ore worth Rs 35000 crore was illegally excavated in Goa from 2005 to 2012 despite the Supreme Court had banned iron ore mining in Goa. Kamat was Chief Minister of Goa from June 2007 to March 2012. (ANI)