Publications company accused of extorting money from casinos

Goan police have recently registered a first information report (FIR) against two senior officials of Heraldo Publication, who have allegedly attempted to extort money from casino companies.

According to Vishwesh Karpe, from the Goan police’s crime branch, the publication had allegedly demanded 25 lakh (US$37,500) of advertising or sponsorship at Herald events from Casino Pride and Deltin Group on a monthly basis to stop negative stories against casino owners/managements in the daily newspaper.

Involved in this case is general manager Michael Pereira, assistant manager (sales) Adwait Desai, and other management, sales and editorial personnel of Heraldo Publication, Panaji.

Advocate Rajeev Gomes and associates had filed a complaint before the crime branch after a video was circulated in social media about the conversation between Desai and the director of Casino Pride.