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State Govt. Handed Drug Nexus Case To CBI After Delay

Even though Goa government claimed to have handed over the case of policemen-drug peddler nexus to the CBI three months back, an affidavit filed before the Bombay High court at Goa revealed otherwise.
State Under Secretary (Home) Vishwanath Dangi in an affidavit filed before the High court on Tuesady said that state government had issued notification according consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation on 16th February 2011.

The affidavit was filed in response to the petition filed by National Students Union of India (NSUI) demanding CBI inquiry into drug nexus cases. In one case, seven policemen were arrested for having nexus with an Israeli drug dealer while in another case, Police Sub Inspector Sunil Gudler was shown pushing drugs to two foreigners.
“The state government has issued notification dated 16th February 2011 according consent to the extension of powers and jurisdiction of the members of the Delhi Special Police Establishment to the whole of the state of Goa for the investigation into the crime registered with Crime Branch,” the affidavit placed before the division bench of high court, reads.
The state government in its submission to the High Court said the state chief secretary in letters dated 21st January 2011 and 31st January 2011 had requested department of personnel and training, New Delhi that the investigations in these two cases should be handed over to CBI. But the actual notification seeking to transfer the cases came only on 16th February 2011.
Hearing the arguments in the case on Tuesday, the Division Bench comprising of Justice S. P. Deshmukh and Justice F. M. Reis ordered that Union of India be made respondent to the petition.
Advocate General Subodh Kantak argued that the case should be kept pending till Union of India is made the respondent in it.
Surendra Desai, lawyer representing the petitioner, pleaded before the court that the investigation of the case be monitored by the High Court. He said that CBI should probe the entire nexus under supervision of the High Court.

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