Goa police knew Atala was missing when Assembly was on

Last Updated: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 00:12

Panaji: Goa police apparently hid the
information about Israeli drug peddler Yaniv Benaim alias
Atala jumping bail, from the state Legislative Assembly when
it was in session recently.

Judicial Magistrate First Class, Mapusa, which was
hearing case against Atala for overstaying, had issued
non-bailable warrants against him on July 29, court sources
said.

"The warrant was issued when he did not remain present
for the hearing before the court on July 29," court sources
said.

The non bailable warrant was issued immediately and he
was asked to be presented before the court on August 5.
Goa Legislative Assembly session was in motion from July
17 to August 6.

State Home Minister Ravi Naik had made a statement on the
floor of the House on August 6 contending that investigation
in the police-drug peddler nexus case was being conducted
professionally.

Police spokesman Atamaram Deshpande had told reporters on
Wednesday that police came to know that Atala was missing on
August 7, incidentally a day after assembly session was over.

Police in their statement had stated that Atala, an
important link in nexus between policemen and drug peddlers,
was last found to be staying in a hotel from June 24, 2010 to
July 13, 2010.

Seven policemen were arrested after Atala`s former
girlfriend Lucky Farmhouse uploaded a video on a social
networking site which showed former bragging about his
contacts with the police.

Atala was arrested on March 10, 2010 and sent to 14 days
police custody. He was given bail on June 21, 2010 on the
condition that he should inform police about his address.

PTI



First Published: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 00:12

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