Goa cop says being "framed" in drug nexus case

Panaji: Police Sub Inspector Sunil Guddler arrested by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a drug nexus case told a court on Thursday that he was being framed by the drug lobby.

The former Anti Narcotic Cell police officer told Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances court that he had met two women Ayala and Zarina, both related to drug lord David Driham alias Dudu, after receiving information that both were into the drug trade.

The lawyer representing Guddler said his client had gone to meet the women as part of intelligence gathering.

The sub inspector arrested last week by CBI was brought before the court to get his remand extended.

The suspended officer has moved a bail petition before the court.

Guddler's lawyer said when he went to the house of both the women, he had informed his superiors and there was noting in the station diary about his assignment.

Guddler pointed out that his former boss, Superintendent of Police Veenu Bansal, subsequently transferred from the state, knew about the assignment.

The lawyer said Bansal, whose name has been mentioned in the statements, has not been summoned by CBI and that Bansal’s statement is crucial to prove the innocence of his client.

The court will give its order on the bail petition on October 17.

Guddler, formerly attached to ANC, had arrested Dudu at Anjuna.

The sting operation, allegedly conducted by both the women connected to Dudu, had shown Guddler visiting their place and trading drugs.