Goa Home Minister says son not involved in drug trade

Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik on Saturday said his son`s name has been unnecessarily dragged into drug trade and he is a victim of mistaken identity.

Updated: Jan 29, 2011, 23:59 PM IST

Panaji: Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik on Saturday said his son`s name has been unnecessarily dragged into drug trade and he is a victim of mistaken identity.

He said his son Roy Naik has been misunderstood with
one Roy Fernandes, who is into drug trade. "I have enough
evidence to show that one Roy Fernandes was in drug business
with the blessings of then (BJP) Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar and his MLAs," Naik told reporters here.

He said his son`s name has been unnecessarily dragged
into controversy by political elements who are unhappy with
the state police`s crackdown on narcotics dealers.

Naik claimed several BJP leaders were getting
protection money from drug dealers, but this practice stopped
ever since he took over the reigns of Home Ministry.

Roy Naik`s name came into focus after Swedish model
Lucky Farmhouse, former girlfriend of Israeli drug dealer
Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, last year alleged that he frequented
their residence in Anjuna near here.

"Some politicians and persons influenced by the
Opposition parties tried to gain publicity on the drug issue,"
Naik said, adding he had referred the case to CBI in November.

To a query, he said Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava
delayed the handing over of the drug-police nexus probe to
CBI. "I had cleared the file in November. You can ask Chief
Secretary why he delayed handing over of the probe to CBI."

The nexus was exposed through two sting operations in
the last one year. In the first, Atala was shown bragging
about his alleged links with the police. Seven policemen were
arrested after the video went public.

A month back, two foreign girls had exposed Police Sub
-Inspector Sunil Guddler allegedly pushing drugs.

PTI