House Committee’s report on drug mafia-politicians nexus by Dec-end

The Goa Legislative Assembly’s House Committee, investigating the drug trade and its link with politicians, will submit its comprehensive report to the government before December-end.  The report will run into 25,000 pages according to the committee headed by Nuvem MLA Francisco (Mickky) Pacheco.

“We have collected enough evidence and documents. The report will be ready for submitting to the government before December end,” he said refusing to divulge details.

Police Sub Inspector Sandhya Gupta, suspended sub inspector Punaji Gawas were among others who were summoned before the committee on Tuesday.

PSI Gupta, it may be recalled, was dismissed from service in October 2007 by former DGP B S Brar for allegedly demanding a bribe from Datwani following busting of a drug racket, only to be reinstated later based on High Court order. She was suspended again pending departmental inquiry. She was reinstated in May 2011.

Suspended PSI Punaji Gawas, along with other former anti narcotics team members is being probed by the CBI for alleged links with the drug mafia. Punaji was holding the key of the malkhana, when the alleged deals between Israeli Yaniv Benaim alias Atala and police were struck.

Meanwhile, CBI sources told Herald that the translated deposition of Lucky Farmhouse, who exposed the lethal nexus involving politicians-police-drug peddlers, has been handed over to the House Committee.

The committee was formed during the monsoon session of Goa legislative assembly, in August. Former Home Minister Ravi Naik’s son Roy is also expected to depose before the committee during the later stage of the probe. [H]