Roy Naik frequented Atala: CBI

PANAJI: The CBI has confirmed that Lucky Farmhouse, the former girlfriend of alleged Israeli drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, has stated that Roy Naik had been frequenting Atala, the main accused in the police-drug mafia nexus case.

CBI SP Prem Kumar told STOI, "We have received the English translation of Lucky's statement and Roy Naik's name is in the statement." Though when the case first broke out in 2010, Roy Naik was being linked to former state home minister Ravi Naik who has a son by the same name, when asked specifically about this, Kumar said, "There is no mention of home minister in the statement."

Sources said Farmhouse has mentioned that Roy used to visit Atala before the drug nexus racket was busted. They added that of the 23 pages, 20 are in Swedish, the rest in English.

CBI had issued a letter rogatory to Swedish authorities to record Farmhouse's statement, after her exposure of Atala's links with the Goa police and her claims that a local politician's son was involved led to an uproar in the state, a court case and a CBI inquiry.

A model by profession, Farmhouse used a spycam to expose her former boyfriend's links with Goa police personnel. The recordings were uploaded on a video-sharing site and led to the arrest of Atala and six policemen of the anti-narcotics cell (ANC) in March 2010. [TOI]