Black money: Goa Congress denies links to Radha Timblo

Panaji, Oct 27 (IANS) The Congress Monday denied its Goa unit or its leaders of having any connection with mining magnate Radha S. Timblo, named for stashing black money abroad, even as a spokesperson accused the BJP of selective targeting of individuals.

Congress spokesperson Sunil Kawthankar told a press conference at the party’s state headquarters: “Instead of this selective targeting, the government should come up with a complete list of people with black money and charge-sheet them.”

When asked if Timblo was a member of the party or had links with Congress politicians, Kawthankar said: “She is not a member of the party and I am not aware as to who is linked to what.”

The central government, in its affidavit, has named Timblo along with Dabur’s Pradeep Burman and Rajkot-based builder Pankaj Lodhia for stashing black money abroad.

Speaking to reporters earlier Monday, Timblo said that she needs to study the government’s affidavit to the apex court before commenting.

“I will have to study the affidavit first,” she said when asked for her comment, and added she will give her reaction to the Supreme Court.

Timblo runs Timblo Pvt. Ltd from Goa, one of the many mining companies accused of carrying out illegal mining by the Justice M.B. Shah commission, which exposed a Rs.35,000-crore illegal mining scam in the state.

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