Police-drugs peddler case probe in right direction: Kamat

The Goa government on Monday said probe into the alleged nexus between police and drug peddlers is going on in the right direction and it does not want to hand over the case to any central investigating agency.

Last Updated: Jun 07, 2010, 18:49 PM IST

Panaji: The Goa government on Monday said
probe into the alleged nexus between police and drug peddlers
is going on in the right direction and it does not want to
hand over the case to any central investigating agency.

"They (Crime Branch) are moving in the right
direction. We have decided to let them investigate since they
are aware of the developments from the beginning," Chief
Minister Digamber Kamat said.

Seven policemen were arrested after an Israeli drug
peddler Yaniv Benaim alias Atala confessed on a spy cam about
his links with some officers in Anti-Narcotic Cell.

Talking to reporters in presence of Home Minister Ravi
Naik, Kamat said police had taken suo motto cognizance of the
case when tape was aired on a local channel.

"No one lodged a complaint. It was just after tape was
aired on television, police took cognizance," said Kamat.

Crime Branch was recently censured by Goa Bench of the
Bombay High Court for their investigation in this case.

Granting bail to Police Inspector Ashish Shirodkar,
the bench had questioned how come police did not manage to
take the statement of Atala`s friend Lucky Amori Farmhouse,
who claimed to have evidence in this case.

Kamat, however, stood by his police stating if she
(Lucky) had something to say, she should have come to Goa and
did that.

PTI