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New govt to decide on sixth offshore casino: CM

Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has put the decision on whether to renew the license for Goa’s sixth offshore casino in the hands of the new government.

Parsekar, speaking to the Times of India, said that despite a favorable opinion to renew the licence of the sixth offshore casino, he would not make a decision on the matter.

"Let the new government, which would be formed after March 11, take a decision," he said.

The decision on licensing Goa’s sixth offshore casino, belonging to Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited (GGHPL) has been stalled for some time.

In January, GGHPL filed a petition to the high court of Bombay, alleging that the Goa government had failed to decide on its application for the renewal of its offshore casino license, even after it had been paying Rs 44.5 crore (US$6.5 million) in annual recurring fees over the last five years.

During the hearing of the petition, additional advocate general D Lawande said the decision would be taken by the authorities concerned within a month.

Parsekar however said that while the government has collected the dues and renewal licence fee from the casino company, “it is not binding on the state government to renew the licence.”

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