Goa assembly to probe ex-minister’s son’s role in drugs case

August 3rd, 2012 - 3:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Aug 3 (IANS) The Goa government Friday appointed a house committee of the state assembly to probe the involvement of one “Roy” in the state’s infamous drug mafia-police-politician nexus.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar said the committee would be headed by former tourism minister and legislator from Nuvem Francisco alias Mickky Pacheco.

“Since there are many complaints of drug cases and involvement of one Roy, the government is setting up a house committee headed by Micky Pacheco, who has brought up this question in the assembly,” Parrikar told the Goa legislative assembly during question hour.

Roy is the son of Goa’s former home minister Ravi Naik.

In a formal court deposition, Fiona Mackeown, mother of slain British teenager Scarlett Keeling, had accused Roy and Ravi Naik of being involved in the state’s drug trade.

A Swedish model, who was the former girlfriend of Israeli drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, also had accused Roy Naik of being a part of the Israeli drug mafia.

Ravi Naik, who was home minister at the time, had, however, said that the “Roy” in question was not his son.

Parrikar said the house committee would be formally asked to submit its findings to the government within one month.

“The government has requested the committee to gather all information and proof about the person Roy and submit it within one month. The government will investigate the involvement of Roy through the Crime Branch, whose SP (superintendent of police) is new and there is no pressure from any political party,” Parrikar said.

Incidentally, Pacheco, the chairman of the house committee, himself has an assortment criminal charges against him. These include assaulting a government servant, abetment to suicide, bigamy and money laundering, to name a few.

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