Goa House committee on drugs seeks more time

Last Updated: Thu, May 02, 2013 09:37 hrs

Panaji, May 02 (IBNS) The House Committee of Goa Legislative Assembly, formed nine months back to probe links of former Home Minister's son to drug trade, has sought another month's time to submit its report.

Sitting legislator Francisco Pacheco, who is heading the committee, has written to Speaker Rajendra Arlekar 'requesting one month's extension' to complete the probe.

The committee was supposed to table the report in this Budget Session of the Assembly, which concludes today. This is the fifth time the committee has sought an extension since last year.

"We are still to gather more documents pertaining to the case. We have a responsibility to properly investigate the case. A complete unbiased inquiry takes time. I have requested for one month's extension," he said.

On August 3 last year, after several legislators questioned the alleged role of ex-Home Minister's son Roy Naik in the lethal drug trade, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar assured to constitute House Committee to probe into all the issues.

Pacheco was appointed as the Chief while the other members of the committee comprised of BJP MLAs Michael Lobo and Vishnu Wagh, Caetan Silva of Goa Vikas Party and MGP member Lavoo Mamledar.

The committee's voluminous report runs to around 10,000 pages, however, the a few government and police officers refusing cooperating with the investigation has resulting in the delay.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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