A week after the Goa Government refused to hand over the drug mafia-police nexus case to CBI, investigations into the matter received a setback when the Bombay High Court today granted bail to the main accused.
The Goa Bench of Bombay High Court allowed the bail plea of Inspector Ashish Shirodkar, former head of Anti-Narcotic Cell, who was allegedly named by Israeli drug peddler Yaniv Benaim alias Atala as the police officer who supplied him drugs. Justice N A Britto granted the bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and surety of the like amount.
The inspector was asked by the court not to visit the coastal belt till further orders and report to Deputy Inspector General Ravindra Yadav during his period of suspension. Shirodkar had approached the High Court in May after the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Court in Mapusa rejected his bail petition on April 16.
His counsel argued that the video clips uploaded on some social networking websites -- which had revealed the alleged nexus -- did not show his client's involvement in the crime. Seven Goa policemen were suspended and arrested after the drug peddler was caught on spycam bragging about his links with policemen.