Furore in Assembly over CBI probe, CM mum

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 29 July 2010 23:02 IST

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party stalled the proceedings of Goa Assembly for the third consecutive day today, demanding handing over the drug nexus case to the CBI.

Today's protest came up when chief minister Digambar Kamat rose up to give a reply on the daylong debate on demands for grants of home department.

Home minister Ravi Naik is still in Mumbai hospital, taking treatment. 

Opposition leader Manohar Parrikar was quick on his legs when the CM rose to give a reply. "We will not allow you to reply unless you announce the CBI inquiry", he shouted.

As Kamat refused to oblige, Parrikar as well as other BJP legislators started shouting, not allowing the CM to reply. They then led to the well of the House, demanding CBI inquiry.

Speaker Pratapsing Rane read out and got the demands of several departments passed amidst chaos and then adjourned the House for a day.

The opposition, along with few Congress MLAs, has been demanding CBI inquiry into the drug nexus case, in which some police personnel are found to have been involved in drug trade. The high court has passed serious strictures against the crime branch of Goa police, who has been investigating the case.

This is the third time the BJP members walked to the well of the House since the monsoon session began from 19 July, demanding CBI inquiry.

Kamat, in the absence of his colleague and home minister Ravi, has not succumbed to the pressure till date. On the contrary, he has claimed that the crime branch has conducted excellent investigations in the case.

Atala, the prime accused as the drug peddler, has already been released on bail, following other police personnel also being bailed out.

Former tourism minister Mickky Pacheco also joined hands with the opposition today during the debate, demanding CBI inquiry.

Taking a step ahead, the NCP MLA from Benaulim even demanded immediate arrest of the politician's son, who has allegedly been involved in the drug nexus case.

The allegation is pointed out at Roy, son of home minister Ravi Naik.

"If I could be arrested without having much evidence, why is the politician's son being left scot free," he asked.

Former Congress Minister Dayanand Narvekar also demanded that the police officers booking high profile people should be made accountable, if the case is not taken to a logical end. 

"What happens in high profile cases? Why these cases are brought to an end abruptly? I will ask the government all those cases filed against MLAs or celebrity if any one of this case lands into acquittals will government roll the head of the head of department and hold them responsible?" Narvekar asked. 

"I have also undergone such tensions in the past. Tomorrow if I am acquitted, what will be the action of government on police officers who failed to secure convictions," the legislator asked. 

Narvekar was chargesheeted in a cricket ticket scam. As a president of Goa Cricket Association, he was charged of printing thousands of bogus tickets of India-Australia one day cricket match in Goa in 2001. 

Referring to crime branch's act of freezing bank account of Mickky when he was arrested in Nadia Torrado case, Narvekar said he has never heard of account being frozen when offence is not of economic nature. 

He said the government must declare war on drug lords, adding, "Catch police officers who are dealing in the drugs or else you will be blamed, politician will be blamed, Chief Minister would be blamed." 

Calangute MLA Agnel Fernandes, of Congress, also came down heavily on his own government machinery - the police - for not handling the drug trade in the coastal belt with a heavy hand.

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For those Who have Written for advice for Mr. Parrikar to join Congress to tighten the loose nut bolts etc. to join Congres U need to be Corrupt think about individual gain Unlike Him Who is a Visionary to Every one.

Present CM Mr.Digambar Kamat wanted his personel gains so he joined Congress & Started his illegal Minning in 35 mines , also gave Enviromental Clearance to Clear off Goa from the MAp.

Can Any one speak on this.

- Chetan Kamat, RIBANDER | 30 th January 2011 11:57


We pray to God to send all the criminals and corrupt politicians and officials to hell! There is ample space reserved for those anti nationals..........

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 16 th January 2011 15:29


I hope VOTERS will bring BJP to power. will Voters realise the amount of corruption under Congress rule and go back to see how it was during the time of BJP there is vast difference between congress and BJP if tomorrow BJP is asked who will be the CM if they come to power at once they will be able to name it but Congress will not able to name it as it depends on who gets the pie. There is disciple within the party but can you see that in congress NO. Please bring BJP to power for CHANGE

- Anthony, Goa | 14 th January 2011 07:33


Congress rule in India are corrupt and bribe, Need to

change better governce to the people of India. People

of India have to decide this election elect new

Government give chance to the BJP to rule. If you see

Goa Government Departmental like Margao sub-

register office bribe and corruption staff act like

they are too busy not even given attention to the public

government aware about this but ignored due to their

own party members. Vigilance Deparment have to

install such offices to see their function and bribe

station. The rulling government covering them because

most of them rulling party. CM Digamber Kamat may

be too busy to see this episode.

- Domnick, Goa | 12 th January 2011 14:39


Agree with the comments that Mr. Parrikar was a dynamic and visionary politician.

But .... its the case of him being the only one and the rest either useless or as the congress.

Its like at the center Mr. Vajpayee was a great leader but not the BJP as a whole.

But yes i am sure if Parrikar is in Power for continous terms in the government he will be in the same league. The political worm eats them all.

- Savio, Bardez | 03 rd August 2010 00:33


Mr. parrikar?

why don't you just give that BJP and Join Congress?

We need dynamic leaders like you.......keep them squeezing.Tighten all the nuts and bolts on each and every chair

- massimo, emqon | 01 st August 2010 15:29


Mr. Manohar Parrikar you are dynamic opposition leader in Goa assembly.Bravo your marvelous job keep it up. Clean Congress and those in corruption involved and pretend they are innocent. You done a good job clean up Baina, There is more you can do much better than clean up Birla those

illegal and dirty places. We need good government in Goa.We are with you. CM is frustrated and anguished when you asked CBI inquiry. Why CM refused to handover drugs and other cases to CBI. We asked to CM handover drugs and Mr. Pacheco cases to CBI the truth will come out.

- brijesh@yahoo, Goa | 31 st July 2010 11:29


you are right Mr. Francis, I agree with you that Parriker's performance has been far better than any other CM and Goa had made tremendous progress during his tenure. But he could not keep his team together because some were suffocating and did not get a free hand to loot and they left the party to join cong.! There are many examples which everybody knows. One should know how to manipulate, eat the cream and put the blame on others then u can become a good leader. It is difficult to get a good honest team no matter which is the party- who will work for the common man !

- james silva, margao | 30 th July 2010 16:42


Dear Mr. Manohar Parrikar,

Only you have the guts! You are a dynamic person; in fact you have proved that during your tenure as the CM of Goa. (For ex: it’s great what you have done for Baina) It’s good to watch you speaking in the Goa Assembly. You really do your home work really very well. Infact you & Mauvin Godinho are the MLAs who really speaks sense when you both open your mouths. I wish you were in the Congress party. If you were the CM, may be things would be much better.

In fact Soniaji & Rahul Gandhi (the Congress party) needs good leaders like you to give Goa (India) a clean & efficient administration.

- Francis Fernandes, Switzerland | 30 th July 2010 13:55


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