Panaji: Reacting to the arrest of the party`s national secretary Jitendra Deshprabhu in the illegal mining case, NCP, a coalition partner in Congress-led Goa government,
today said it could be a form of "political vendetta".
NCP`s Goa observer Bharati Chawan said that Deshprabhu could not be considered guilty till he was charge-sheeted and convicted.
"Crime Branch must have arrested him because he was not available for giving statement in the case," she said.
Deshprabhu was arrested today by Crime Branch, minutes after district court rejected his anticipatory bail plea.
The NCP leader is accused of running illegal mining
operation at his property in Pernem.
Chawan said that this could be a part of "political
vendetta" against her party. "First, Crime Branch arrested
Fransisco Micky Pacheco (former tourism minister) in
connection with a death case. A year has passed, but the Crime
Branch has not managed to get any evidence against Pacheco and
hence could not even file a charge-sheet," she pointed out.
Goa NCP chief Surendra Sirsat too said that the party
considered Deshprabhu innocent till proven guilty. "We will
have to see what evidence Crime branch gathers against
Deshprabhu. For us, he is innocent as the arrest is just a
formality," he said.