Setback to Khaunte over his claim on EPIC to casino staffers
By Navhindtimes 19-Jul-2019
The report, which has been submitted to the chief electoral officer by a two-member committee, has said, “It cannot be pin pointedly deduced that there was any intent to purposely include the names of the electorates.”
The panel comprised an additional collector and the deputy inspector general of police.
The committee, which was constituted by the CEO to inquire into the complaint filed by Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, who had alleged ‘illegal’ enfranchisement of around 820-odd casino staffers.
The panel has concluded the investigation with the observation that the enrollment of the casino staffers for election photo identity card could be part of the nationwide enrollment drive of the Election Commission of India.
Khaunte had alleged that the casino lobby was trying to create its own vote bank in the constituency by seeking voting right to its staffers who hail from Manipur and Mizoram.
The committee was mandated to probe whether any government servant, a politician, a private individual or even a businessman provided any help or conspired to get the staffers voting right in the assembly segment.
The preliminary investigation report that had been earlier submitted by the North Goa collector has said that out of the 820 a majority of the applications for EPIC were rejected by
the concerned electoral registration officer as these applicants failed to furnish required documents.
As there was no substantial evidence found in the investigation by the two-member committee to prove the involvement of any individual or casino lobby, the CEO has given the necessary direction to close the matter.
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