No white ants in ANC malkhana, CBI counters cops

PANAJI: In a slap on the face to the Goa police, the central bureau of investigations (CBI) has told the Mapusa-based NDPS court that the drugs missing from the anti-narcotics cell's malkhana (safe) were not eaten by white ants as claimed by the state police department two years ago.

Relying on the report of an entomologist from the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), the CBI has told the court that "the place (malkhana) was never visited by white ants".

It further stated that the entire catchment of drugs from the ANC's malkhana had been sent to the central forensic science laboratory, Hyderabad, for quantity and content examination, and the interim report had disclosed deficient quantity of drugs in the malkhana.

The CBI is investigating three police-drug mafia nexus cases. Suspended ANC PSI Sunil Gudlar, under CBI custody since March 6, 2011, was the custodian of the malkhana. The CBI has told the court that in one of the cases some packets (of drugs) were found opened and empty during the panchanama conducted by the Goa police's CID wing. The cases were transferred to the CBI from the Goa police following high court directions.

The CBI further told the court that Gudlar in connivance with other ANC officials had filed a false case against alleged Israeli drug dealer David Driham alias Dudu. Dudu was arrested by ANC sleuths in Anjuna on February 2, 2010, while allegedly delivering drugs to a customer.

A sting operation conducted subsequently by Dudu's sister and girlfriend led to Gudlar's suspension. It is suspected that the drugs allegedly recovered from Dudu may have been siphoned off from the ANC malkhana. [TOI]