‘Mallya linked company applied to operate casino in Goa’

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Panaji, March 16 (IANS) UB Infrastructure Projects Limited, a company linked to beleaguered billionaire Vijay Mallya’s business empire, applied for a casino licence in Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the legislative assembly on Wednesday.

In a written reply to former chief minister Digambar Kamat’s query about the companies which had applied to the state government for setting up casinos since 2013, Parsekar replied “only plain application” was received from M/s UB Infrastructure Projects Limited.

The reply also lists five other companies namely Delta Corp, MKM Grand Gaming and Entertainment, Goan Recreation Clubs, Eden Estates and Leisure and Goa Golf Club, who have also applied for starting casinos in the state.

The reply, however, does not mention the status of the application by the company linked to Mallya. The directors of UB Infrastructure Projects Limited are Ramakrishna Shivcharan, Ajay Kumar Vijay, and Manmohan Singh Kapur.

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Goa is one of the most popular tourism destinations, known for its beaches, nightlife and casinos.

The state has four operational offshore casinos and nearly a dozen onshore casinos housed in the many five star resorts which dot Goa’s coastline.

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