Illegal enrolment of casino staff: panel probing conspiracy theory

Panaji: A conspiracy theory is being looked into by a two-member committee investigating the allegations of illegal enrolment of casino staffers in the electoral roll in Porvorim constituency.

Sources said that the committee is probing whether any government servant, politician, an individual or even a businessman could have helped or conspired to get the staffers enrolled in the electoral roll.

All aspects pertaining to the matter are being looked into thoroughly and the investigation is in progress, said sources.

It may be recalled that Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Kunal had constituted a two-member committee to investigate into a complaint filed by Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, who had alleged that casino staffers were illegally enrolled in the electoral roll in Porvorim constituency.

The two-member committee comprising of an Additional Collector and a Deputy Inspector General of police was constituted to look into ‘foul play’ as alleged by Khaunte.

The minister had alleged that around 820 casino staffers, who hail from the Northeastern states, mostly Mizoram and Manipur, had applied through online as well as offline mode for elector photo identity card (EPIC) and some of them got themselves enrolled ‘illegally’.

However, a senior officer of the CEO said that as per the report submitted by North Goa Collector, 700 applications for EPIC were rejected by the concerned Electoral Registration Officer, as these applicants failed to furnish the required documents.