Panaji, Jan 19 (Agencies): Goa’s Mines and Geology Department has initiated recovery proceedings against Nationalist Congress Party’s national secretary Jitendra Deshprabhu, after he failed to pay the fine of Rs 1.72 crore for illegal mining.
    
The Department imposed fine on Deshprabhu last month after it found out that he was extracting iron ore illegally from a quarry in Corgao village, 50 km from here.
    
"The accused has failed to pay the fine within seven days of the notice, so we have applied to the revenue officer to initiate recovery proceedings against him," a senior official told.

Revenue officers have power to attach property to recover government dues.The notice was issued under section 4 of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957.
    
The inspection by the department revealed that 15,000 metric tones of iron ore was lying at the site, and 506 truckloads of ore had been transported away.
    
According to the department, ore was being transported clandestinely, at night. When contacted, Deshprabhu denied his involvement. "The land belongs to me but not the quarry," he said, adding that he had given the land to a contractor who had a valid quarrying licence.
   
The department's notice asks Deshprabhu to stop mining immediately. Machinery at the site has been seized.