State Congress spokesperson, Mr Sudip Tamankar on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Panaji police alleging that the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, was pressurising the police to act against him and other Congressmen in the backdrop of allegations of involvement of two state ministers in police-politicians-drug dealers’ nexus.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr Tamankar told reporters that he has filed a police complaint at Panaji police station alleging that besides Mr Parrikar, Health Minister, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, and Water Resources Minister, Mr Dayanand Mandrekar, were also pressurising the police to lodge bogus complaints against him.
He alleged that the case has been lodged against him at the behest of the ministers, against whom he had lodged a complaint for their "involvement" in drug trade, so as to pressurise him to withdraw the complaint he has lodged with the Central Bureau of Investigation, in an attempt to expose them.
Mr Tamankar was booked for alleged forgery by Anjuna police on Tuesday on a complaint filed by one Mr Madhu Kanolkar. The action against him came after he lodged a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation alleging involvement of Mr Parsekar and Mr Mandrekar in the drug nexus.
Mr Tamankar told reporters that the documents he circulated to media after he lodged a police complaint on Saturday clearly "revealed" that the complainant was one Mr Madhukar Khanolkar and not Mr Kanolkar, who has approached the police with a complaint of forgery against him. He has also urged the police to file a case of impersonation against Mr Kanolkar.
Alleging criminal conspiracy against him and other Congress leaders, who have been speaking against the ruling combine off late, Mr Tamankar said that these were attempts to silence the opposition. He claimed that the documents distributed by him were given by Mr Parrikar himself, with whom he was associated recently till some months ago.
He also questioned the haste in which the complaint was registered by the police and told reporters that the case was registered against him within two to three hours whereas complaints lodged against others including politicians have been lying unattended for months. He wondered whether the police would show the same haste as they have shown on a complaint against him.
Reminding the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders of their own game in forging the signature of former WRD Minister, Mr Filipe Neri Rodrigues, and their subsequent dash to the courts to seek anticipatory bail after the game felt flat, Mr Tamankar said that he and other Congress leaders would not seek anticipatory bail and face the cases against them boldly without bowing to the pressure tactics. [NT]