Home Minister Ravi Naik finally relented to a CBI probe into the alleged drug dealer-police-politician nexus that dominated the recently concluded monsoon session of Goa Legislative Assembly. However, there is a rider to this.
Mr. Naik has agreed to a CBI probe only if Lucky Farmhouse gives substantial evidence to the police of this nexus. It may be recalled that this issue blew up after Lucky Farmhouse, the jilted girlfriend of drug dealer Atala posted a video clip of Atala boasting of having connections with the Goa police and politicians.
Lucky Farmhouse had revealed that Atala was quite close to Ravi Naik’s son Roy and had also stated that she had seen Roy meeting Atala. Besides Lucky Farmhouse, Fiona Mackeown the mother of Scarlete the teenager found murdered in Goa reportedly after being drugged, had also pointed a finger at Roy’s involvement in the drug trade in Goa.
At the recently concluded monsoon session of Goa Legislative Assembly, the opposition had consistently demanded a CBI probe into this allegation and even disrupted the proceedings of the house on a couple of occasion.
Some members from the Treasury benches too had demanded a CBI probe into the allegations of Ravi Naik’s son’s involvement in the drug trade. This was led by former Tourism Minister Micky Pacheco who even lamented that while he was harassed and humiliated the government was protecting Roy. Congress MLAs Dayanand Narvekar and Agnelo Fernandes had also demanded a CBI probe.
However, Ravi Naik just ruled out the possibility of handing over the case to the CBI arguing that the police investigations were on the right track and asserted that police were not under any pressure and had even arrested seven of their colleagues.
Probably feeling the heat mounting from every quarter, Ravi Naik has now, for the first time, agreed to a CBI probe but with a rider. He says the case will be handed over to the CBI only if Lucky Farmhouse gives substantial evidence to the police when she gives her statement to them next month when she is expected to come to Goa.