The Goa Bench of the Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the State government and enforcement agencies with regard to the investigations in police drug dealer nexus.
Congress’ frontal organization the National Students Union of India (NSUI) has filed a petition before the High Court seeking a direction to the government to hand over the investigations to the Central Bureau of Investigations.
The grounds pleaded by NSUi is that the investigations being carried out by the Crime Branch of Goa Police is faulty and despite the passage of time, have failed to investigate the nexus despite there being plenty of exposes.
NSUI has named the Goa Government, Anti Narcotic Cell of Goa Police, Crime Branch of Goa Police and the CBI as respondents in its petition.
Advocate General Subodh Kantak appearing for the state government pleaded for time to reply to the petition and also argued that there was no need to hurry since the case was registered barely seven months ago.
The High Court issued notices to all the Respondents which are returnable in three weeks by which time each of them is expected to reply to the allegations made in the petition.
The nexus between police and drug dealers in Goa was first exposed when drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala’s ex-girlfriend Lucky Farmhouse posted a video showing Atala boasting about his links with the police and also that the drugs were supplied to be him by the men in uniform.
While the video also had Atala boasting of close links with Goan politicians, Lucky Farmhouse revealed that Home Minister Ravi Naik’s son Roy was a frequent visitor to Atala’s house.
Investigations following this expose, resulted in seven police personnel including one of the rank of Police Inspector, namely Ashish Shirodkar being suspended. But more shocking was the fact that the police realized that seized drugs kept in police custody had mysteriously disappeared and the police came with a lame excuse of termites having destroyed them.
More recently, Police Sub-Inspector Sunil Gudlar was caught in a sting operation selling charas to two foreign girls who turned out to be incarcerated drug dealer David Driham alias Dudu’s sister Ayala and his girlfriend Zarina.