Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Saturday said he will "find out the truth" in the claims that ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks because of a faulty bulletproof jacket he was wearing.
"I will find out what is the truth in the matter," Chavan told reporters here when asked about claims that the jacket worn by Karkare was defective.
A PIL filed in the Bombay High Court had claimed that the bullet proof vests worn by Karkare and two other senior officers while fighting terrorists on November 26 last belonged to the batch of 110 defective pieces purchased by the police way back in 2002.
This comes in the wake of revelations by Karkare's widow Kavita that the bullet proof jacket worn by her husband was missing. She had filed an RTI request in this regard.
Chavan said he had heard about the claims and would look into them. The Chief Minister was talking to journalists after inaugurating the Maharashtra Pavilion at the India International Trade Fair here.
On allegations by SP leader Amar Singh on threat to party MLA Abu Azmi's life, he merely said "Amar Singh is a big national leader, I am a small leader from a state."
Chavan had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday. "These were courtesy meetings," he said.