24 May 2011

Goa Opposition Suspects Education Minister Set Free After Phone Call

The opposition BJP Party in India’s wealthiest state, Goa, accused the Finance Minister’s Office of calling Mumbai’s airport customs control in order to let Goan Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate (pictured here) go after he was detained for carrying large amounts of foreigh currency on his person.

The Goan assembly has been stopped for two days over the issue (Tuesday and Wednesday), with Speaker Pratapsingh Rane forced to adjourn early Wednesday morning after the BJP insisted on discussing the issue. The BJP accused Minister Monserrate of being a conduit for smuggled money for politicians throughout the state.

For the original story from The Hindu, please click here.

The photo of Mr. Monserrate is also courtest of The Hindu.