In another major embarrassment for the Government, a second 'fugitive' in India's most wanted list handed over to Pakistan was on Thursday traced to a Mumbai jail, following which a CBI inspector was suspended and two of its senior officials transferred.
The CBI Inspector was suspended and an SP and DySP transferred for the "lapse", the agency announced after a preliminary inquiry.
India's list of '50 most wanted' has the name of Feroz Abdul Khan, alias Hamza, 51, an accused in 1993 Mumbai blast case, who was arrested from a village in Navi Mumbai in February last year and was handed over to CBI for further investigation.
CBI had issued an Interpol Red Corner Notice against Khan in 1994 but the notice was not withdrawn even after the agency has got his custody.
"CBI has conveyed to the Home Ministry that the lapse was on the agency's part. When CBI forwarded the list to MHA, they forgot to delete the name of this person," a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
Khan is alleged to have facilitated transport and distribution of arms and ammunitions during the blast and subsequently. Mumbai police had alleged that following Dawood Ibrahim's instructions, Khan arranged for landing of arms allegedly used in the blast.
"We are examining the matter and strict action will be intitiated against erring officials," CBI spokesperon Dharini Mishra said.
Earlier, Wazhur Kamar Khan, whose name had also figured in India's most wanted list, was traced in Mumbai, in the first case of the goof-up.
In the third instance, the CBI had egg on its face when its team landed in Copenhagen to seek extradition of the main accused in the 1995 Purulia arms drop case Kim Davy with an expired arrest warrant.
The CBI admitted today there was a "slip up" over the issue of the arrest warrant that expired in January this year.
A two-member CBI team, which reached Copenhagen on May 16, was in for a surprise after Davy's counsel pointed out during court proceedings there that the arrest warrant issued by a special CBI court in Kolkata against his client had expired in January this year.
A red-faced CBI is trying to find out how the Red Corner Notice warrant for Davy had a time limit for executing it as such warrants are generally issued by courts with an "open" time frame.