House adjourned twice over Fiona's statement

PTI, PANAJI | 03 August 2010 19:09 IST

Ruckus in Goa Assembly

The Goa legislative assembly was adjourned twice today in the wake of allegations made against state home minister Ravi Naik and his son Roy, by Fiona Mackeown, mother of slain British teenager Scarlett Keeling.

Leader of the opposition Manohar Parrikar today moved an adjournment motion over Fiona's statement before Goa Children's Court (GCC) that Roy along with four others used to give drugs to her daughter Scarlett.

The British mother on Monday had deposed before the GCC that she was told that Ravi Naik and his son were heading a drug trade in the state.

Speaker Pratapsingh Rane refused to admit the adjournment motion stating that since the matter is sub judice, he would not like to discuss it in the House.

Opposition benches, irked over the Speaker's response, rushed to the well of the House shouting slogans against the Congress party.

They demanded that the motion be allowed so that the drug nexus issue can be discussed. Initially, the speaker adjourned the House for ten minutes. Again, when the House assembled, opposition benches continued sloganeering and sat in the Well of the house forcing adjournment till lunch break.

This is the fifth time that the monsoon session, which began on July 19, was adjourned on the same issue.

The opposition has been demanding a CBI inquiry into the drug nexus, which was exposed after Israeli drug peddler, Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, had about his links with policemen. Seven cops were arrested in this connection.

The issue hit the headlines when Swedish model and Atala's ex-girlfriend claimed that Roy Naik (the home minister's son) was often visiting Atala's place in Goa.

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It is a shame to accept for the Congress party that they have their fingers deep into the drug cake. When it is the demand of the opposition, what they have to hide? This reveals their guilt. Not just Ravi Naik & Co, even Rane's son is no saint. This is the halat of Goa today. Congress party has lost all morals to remain in power.

- Dalia, Goa | 05 th August 2010 23:02


It is a shame on the degenerated system the so called democracy where the house is adjourned repeatedly just over a simple issue of proper inquiry to find the criminals in a drug related case! When repeatedly the demand for CBI inquiry is refused- what is the conclusion to be drawn? Should one conclude that the some politicians in power are really connected to the drug peddling issue? Why does the judiciary not step in to order a proper CBI inquiry in the whole issue ? Is mere casting of aspersions on the way the inquiry is conducted by police ---is enough? The people of the State want to know the truth and get the criminal drug peddler punished who is out to ruin the younger generation of this State by making them drug addicts!

- james silva, margao | 04 th August 2010 09:56


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