Golden Globe Hotels Pvt Ltd (GGHPL) got a welcome boost as the Goa government agreed to renew its casino license thereby making it the sixth offshore casino on the Mandovi River. This is excellent news for those who enjoy playing poker in India .
The state government took the action after Goa bench of Bombay High Court gave it a 24-hour ultimatum to make the decision. On Wednesday the HC had asked the Goa state government to “consider the application filed by GGHPL pleading to renew license of its offshore casino in Mandovi river.”
In January 2017, Golden Globes had filed a petition in the Bombay HC stating that despite paying INR 460M in outstanding dues, it had not obtained a license for operations.
It had claimed that Goan officials were yet to give them mooring authority, besides permitting change-of-use for its selected vessel.
Just days before the results of February’s state election are to be announced, the BJP government of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar finally complied, approving the much anticipated launch of Goa’s sixth ‘offshore’ casino.
The court believed there should be no problem in taking a decision, as it is neither a policy decision nor an application seeking a fresh license. The government previously had sought longer time to ponder over the application, in part because of the discrepancy stemming from state elections.
The renewed license is valid for five years. However, given the limited timeline under which it was required to act, Parsekar’s government left the possibility of challenging the High Court’s ruling open in the Supreme Court at some future date, provided the BJP is still in power after this week.
However, the tenure of GGHPL, which is associated with former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, as Goa casino operator could be ephemeral as last October, rumors floated that they were looking to sell its casino business to Essel Group.
Goa’s six floating casinos are facing a deadline for finding a new home after CM Parsekar gave the casinos a one-year deadline to find a new place to dock from the present Mandovi river.
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