Home ministry takes blame on fugitives list lapse, says Pillai
Home secretary GK Pillai today said that his ministry accepts the blame for the goof-up on a Mumbai terror accused being listed in the '50 most wanted fugitives' in Pakistan but who was found living in Thane.delhi Updated: May 17, 2011 21:10 IST
Home secretary GK Pillai on Tuesday said that his ministry accepts the blame for the goof-up on a Mumbai terror accused being listed in the '50 most wanted fugitives' in Pakistan but who was found living in Thane.
"There is no blame game. I don't think anybody is blaming the Mumbai Police. Any blame, if there is, is of the ministry of home. I don't think Mumbai Police can be blamed at all. We will verify tomorrow after looking at the records," he told the media.
Asked about Mumbai Police claim that they were not to be blamed for the faux pas, Pillai said, "I don't think anybody in the home ministry has blamed the Mumbai Police. Nobody is blaming the Mumbai Police for this. It is the home ministry that is taking the blame for it so Mumbai police can rest assured they are not being blamed for it at all."
He said he had not had the chance to look into the records. All he could speculate at this moment was that possibly when Mumbai Police had arrested this person, the updating of the Red Corner Notice did not take place.
"We will examine the records tomorrow and put out a statement clarifying the situation by lunch-time tomorrow," he said.
Pillai maintained that the goof-up would not affect India's case seeking handing over of terrorists wanted from Pakistan.
"The other list of people who are there including this person was wanted for terrorist activities... It just happened that prima facie his name should not have been there but we will verify from record and will issue a statement," he said.
Meanwhile, sources said the initial probe into the lapse has found that the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police and ATS of Maharashtra police did not communicate the arrest of Wazhul Kamar Khan to the CBI so that the international warrant could be revoked against him.
Sources privy to the probe said the arrest of Khan needed to be communicated to the CBI which in turn could have withdrawn the the Interpol Red Corner notice.
Khan was arrested by the ATS in May last year along with arms and ammunition and later Crime Branch arrested him in connection with his alleged role in the 2003 Mulund train blasts and later ATS arrested in few other cases as well.
But none of the two informed the CBI or any central agency to withdraw the Red Corner Notice, the sources said.