Panaji: Goa assembly today witnessed
noisy scenes with Chief Minister Digambar Kamat turning down
opposition`s demand for a CBI probe into the alleged drug
peddler-policemen nexus case.
BJP members rushed to the well of the house forcing
Speaker Pratapsingh Rane to adjourn the house before the lunch
Interestingly, a section of the ruling party supported
the opposition demand for handling over the probe to CBI.
The Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar charged that
he has seen a photograph of a politician`s son with a
suspected Israeli drug peddler.
"I have seen the picture of a politician`s son with
Atala (Yaniv Benaim)," Parrikar told the assembly.
He alleged that the Crime Branch, which is handling
the case at present, is derailing the investigation while
government was trying to protect "someone" who is involved in
Chief Minister Kamat repeatedly refused to hand over the
inquiry to CBI, stating that the Crime Branch was
investigating the case properly.
"Police have taken cognisance of the nexus suo motto.
They have cracked the case irrespective of whoever is
involved in it. There is no interference in the police
investigation," Kamat said.
Parrikar, however, said that the police acted only
under intense media pressure.
Seven policemen and Atala were arrested in the case and
they were given bail by the courts.