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Trouble for Gafoor, clean chit for Maria

Dharmendra Jore, Hindustan Times  Nagpur, December 14, 2009
First Published: 23:41 IST(14/12/2009) | Last Updated: 01:15 IST(15/12/2009)

Maharashtra government on Monday said it would take action against former Mumbai police chief Hassan Gafoor for alleging that his colleagues and politicians didn’t respond adequately to the 26/11 attacks.

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The state also cleared Rakesh Maria, joint police commissioner (crime branch), of charges made by slain officer Ashok Kamte’s wife Vinita. In her book, she alleged that Maria, who was in the main police control room, did not respond to her husband’s demand for additional force.

Home Minister R.R. Patil, who made these announcements, said the state has rejected Gafoor’s response that he made the allegations in an informal chat with a journalist, which was not meant to be printed.

In the interview, Gafoor accused four police officers of not responding to the 26/11 situation. He also said Patil and then state police chief A.N. Roy had asked for the withdrawal of the NSG from the attack sites.

“The home department will initiate strict action against Gafoor because he didn’t tell his grievances to the head of his department... but used the media...,” Patil said.

Responding to the clean chit to Maria, Kamte said: “The world knows the truth through my book.”

Pradhan panel report only for a few
After much haggling with the Opposition, the state will now table the Ram Pradhan Committee report on December 21.

But the government has ensured that the report remains beyond the citizens’ reach as it wants only 30 legislators to know the document and discuss it officially with the government. The state is likely to conceal sensitive parts of the report.

The government had formed the committee last year to probe the handling of the 26/11 attacks. But it refused to reveal the findings, fearing they would affect the trial of Ajmal Kasab.

However, some parts of the report were published and CM Ashok Chavan, Patil and others were accused for leaking it.

Patil said,“...only 15 legislators each from both the houses will be allowed to read and discuss the report with the government. You will also know if the report published in media was fake.”

Every party will select its legislator(s) on the two panels.

Speaker Dilip Walse Patil said that any document would become a public property after getting tabled in the house. “But I will have to check if every other person, including all legislators, will get the copy of this report.”


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