Former youth Congress president and chairman of All India anti-terrorist front, MS Bitta has strongly opposed to giving any sensitive post to senior IPS officer SS Virk.
Virk was superceded last year and his name could again surface for the post of State DGP in the backdrop of Bombay High Court's verdict against AN Roy on Thursday asking the government to appoint a new DGP within a month.
Bitta alleged that Virk had a connection with the Punjab terrorists and he even once lobbied for mercy petition of Davinder Singh Bhullar before the President against his death sentence. Bhullar is the prime accused in a bomb blast that took place at the Raisina road office in Delhi on September 11, 1993, killing nine and seriously injuring Bitta. One and half years after Bhullar's death sentence, his mercy petition is still pending with the President.
When Virk was posted in Punjab and holding the post of Additional DGP (Intelligence), Bitta claimed, the senior IPS officer had requested him to file a mercy petition for Bhullar before the President. "How can anyone expect that Maharashtra, which suffered series of terror attacks in Mumbai and naxalite insurgency in the eastern part of the state, would be safe in the hands of such a dubious credential officer," he pointed out. In 1984, Virk, now DGP (Home guards) Maharashtra state, was directed by the union government to assist Punjab in battling Khalistani terrorists.
Bitta, who was in Amravati on Thursday for a university programme, also lashed out at former Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil for the growing terrorism and naxalite activities in the country.
He alleged that the former Home Minister suppressed the file of terrorist Afzal Guru, who should have been hanged by now, did not clear files pertaining to procurement of sophisticated weapons. "If Patil contests the Lok Sabha elections from Maharashtra I will campaign against him," he threatened.