‘Goa police slow in probing corruption charges against their own’October 15th, 2008 - 3:56 pm ICT by IANS
Panaji, Oct 15 (IANS) Goa opposition leader Manohar Parrikar has accused the police of going slow on the investigation into the mention of many police officers’ names in a robber’s diary. Some of the listed officials are also involved in the probe into the German tourists’s rape case in which the state education minister’s son is a suspect. The diary belonging to 24-year-old alleged robbr Mancio Dias was seized from his Mumbai-based girlfriend. It lists the names of several mid-level police officials with rows of figures racked against them. The names of several call girls have also been scribbled in adjoining columns.
“The diary contains the names of Deputy Superintendent of Police Deu Benaulikar, Police Inspector Francis Corte, Police Sub Inspector Pravin Vast, among others. It also lists the bribes paid to them,” Parrikar said at a press conference held Tuesday evening at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters here.
Last week, Home Minister Ravi Naik had acknowledged the existence of the diary and said the police were investigating the matter.
“The police will not spare any officer whose name features in the diary,” Naik had told reporters.
However, Parrikar alleged that the police were going slow on the probe against their colleagues.
He also said that some of the officers named in the diary were now involved in the investigation of the rape case against Goa Education Minister Atanasio Monseratte’s son Rohit.
Rohit was Tuesday charged with allegedly raping a 14-year-old German girl. The victim’s mother Fadela Fuchs had filed a police complaint Oct 2, but it was registered after 12 days at 12.10 p.m on Tuesday.
Fuchs had claimed that the police “preferred her not to pursue the complaint”.
At the press conference, Parrikar also screened a three minute film, which showed Chief Minister Digamber Kamat and his wife in the company of people who were accused in a rioting case in March this year.
Kamat countered Parrikar’s claim by saying: “I have a photograph of Manohar Parrikar being given a bouquet of flowers by the same accused people.”