CBI seeks Israeli drug lord`s custody
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 17:35
Panaji: CBI on Tuesday sought custody of the Israeli drug lord Yaniv Benaim alias Atala who was brought here from Peru last fortnight as he was not cooperating with the investigating officer.

The Israeli national is a main link in drug peddler-policemen-politician drug nexus, which was exposed last year and remanded in judicial custody on August 27 after being brought here.

Seeking custody of the Israeli fugitive, special public prosecutor S R Rivonkar, representing CBI, said that the custody of the accused is required to investigate the nexus.

In his submission before the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic substances court (NDPS) here, Rivonkar said that although Crime Branch, which was earlier investigating the case, had exhausted the maximum police custody permissible for the accused, CBI has filed a fresh case.

"We had no opportunity to interrogate the accused in custody," he said adding that Crime Branch might not have investigated the case properly given the prima facie involvement of Goa police had surfaced.

Advocate S Dhond, representing Atala, however, opposed the police custody stating that his client has been cooperating with the investigating agency right from the time he was picked up in Peru.

He said that the CBI was investigating the same case which was filed by the Crime Branch with no separate FIR filed and no additional sections added to it.

The court has fixed the matter for order on Wednesday afternoon.

Atala, who was arrested in March, 2010 was released on conditional bail in June, 2010. But he jumped the bail and crossed the borders before being arrested by Interpol in Peru.


First Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 17:35

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