Home Minister Ravi Naik said he would hold a meeting of all political parties only after the police record Lucky Farmhouse’s statement to decide upon handing over the drug dealer-police-politician nexus investigations to CBI.
Under fire over this issue following the disappearance of key accused Yaniv Benaim alias Atala who was out on bail, Mr. Naik however sought to downplay the issue. “What is there in this case. It is only a hype created by political parties to gain publicity in the media,” he said.
He also clarified that he had not ordered an enquiry into Atala’s disappearance but had merely asked the police to look into the matter. Mr. Naik said it was not possible for the police to keep every suspect out on bail under surveillance as there are too many of them.
He also disclosed that if Ms. Farmhouse does not visit Goa by this month end to record her statement than a team of Goa police officers will leave for Sweden next month to record her statement and added that the Centre has already granted permission for the police to visit the European country.
The case of drug delaers-police-politician came to light after Ms. Farmhouse, the jilted girlfriend of Atala, posted on youtube.com a video of Atala boasting about his connections with the police. She also alleged that Roy Naik was a close associate of Atala.
Following this, Atala was arrested but subsequently released on bail by the NDPS court in June this year and he reportedly disappeared from the resort in North Goa where he was residing in the first week of June.
Even as the Opposition BJP had seriously questioned the efficiency of Crime Branch investigating this case, Mr. Naik shot back by questioning the efficiency of CBI. “We had asked the CBI to investigate the matter of first IFFI in Goa and till date the investigations are not completed,” he said taking a dig at Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar who is the main accused in the alleged over spending for IFFI.
POLITICIANS INVOLVED: Significantly, Mr. Naik repeated his earlier charge that some politicians were receiving bribes from drug dealers and said their names would be announced in due course.
He said politicians along the coastal belt stretching from Morjim to Candolim were frustrated because the police had stopped the rave parties and therefore making baseless charges. He however, refused to give any further details including the rank of the politicians involved.
What has been prima facie established is that there is a nexus between politicians and drug dealers at least while the police involvement has been established due to which seven policemen including a Police Inspector have been placed under suspension.