Drug mafia-police-politician nexus: Cong files complaint against 2 ministers with CBI
Continuing its charge against the ruling combine, the Opposition Congress party on Saturday filed a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against two ministers in the Manohar Parrikar-led government and some other local Bharatiya Janata Party leaders alleging their role in the drug peddler-policemen-politician nexus case of 2010.
The complaint has been filed by state Congress spokesman, Mr Sudip Tamankar. He has named Mr Laxmikant Parsekar (Health Minister) and Mr Dayanand Mandrekar (Art and Culture Minister) along with others and demanded that their roles be probed in the case by the central agency, which is already dealing with the related matter.
Addressing a press conference after having filed the complaint, Mr Tamankar stated that he has sought CBI investigation as the state police had failed to probe the case properly and that despite allegations being levelled against the two politicians, they were never probed and that only policemen were booked for the nexus with drug mafia.
The Congress spokesman further said that there was enough evidence on “record” to proceed against both the ministers in the nexus and went on to add that several complaints against them were lodged with the authorities, which were never investigated.
He said that while three complaints were lodged against the Health Minister for his alleged nexus with drug dealers, nothing was done to bring him to book. He has attached copies of three complaints against Mr Parsekar to the state authorities including the former Speaker, Mr Pratapsing Rane, alleging his patronage to drug dealers in his area.
In the case of the Art and Culture Minister, Mr Tamankar has stated that an alleged drug trafficker (Roy Fernandes) had claimed before the police that during the previous BJP rule his “business” was stopped by the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, then and allowed to resume after intervention of Mr Mandrekar and no action taken by police.
Stating that drug trafficking was having the blessings of the politicians and police in the state, Mr Tamankar has sought a thorough probe by the CBI into the involvement of the politicians in the trade, as well as a check in their disproportionate assets. He has called for an early probe as drug trafficking was a serious threat to the youth of Goa. [NT]