High Court slams Centre on Goa police-drug probe
The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Wednesday slammed the Central Government for failing to pass orders in handing the police-drug cartel nexus to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) even though the state government had given consent two months back.
A bench of Justice S C Dharmadhikari and Justice F M Reis expressed displeasure and questioned the communication gap between the Central and Goa Government over transferring of the case.
“Is the Central Government not in communication with the State Government? Why don’t you send a team and ask to take over the case? What more you require when Goa Government has given consent to hand over the case to CBI?” the bench asked the counsel appearing on behalf of the Central Government.
The bench directed the Central Government to make a statement to the Court on when they will give the nod to the CBI to take over the much-touted police-drugs nexus probe.
The matter is kept for next hearing on March 22.
On Jan 14, 2011, Goa Unit of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) had moved High Court pleading a CBI probe into the policemen-drug mafia nexus cases in the state.
In his petition, NSUI Goa Chief Sunil Kawathankar demanded that the case be handed over to the central investigation agency as the conduct of the police officers probing it was doubtful.
Replying to the petition, Goa government had informed the bench that Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava had written to the Union Ministry in January requesting to take over the cases involving conspiracy between Israeli drug lord Atala and seven policemen, and police sub inspector Sunil Gudlar.