The Opposition has challenged the state government to prove that it had not leaked copies of the Ram Pradhan Committee report that were used widely by the media to highlight lapses in handling the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
The Opposition submitted copies of the report in both the houses on the first day of the state legislature’s winter session on Tuesday. One of the copies was given to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who had earlier refused to table the report saying it was a classified document. Chavan had, on Monday, left the decision of making the report public to Home Minister R.R. Patil.
The CM did not comment on the issue.
The group leaders of all major opposition parties in both houses also moved breach of privilege motions against the chief minister, home minister, chief secretary, additional chief secretary and Pradhan for leaking the report to media and insulting the legislature.
“The report is the legislature’s property and we have the first right to know its contents. Now the CM should prove us wrong [by proving that the report had not been leaked],” said Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Eknath Khadse. “These five persons did not do their job as the custodians of the report. No other person except these five had the report.”
Speaker Dilip Walse Patil said he would decide on the motion soon. If accepted, the speaker would refer the motion to the privilege committee. The committee would then hold an inquiry and recommend appropriate action against those found guilty. The legislative council will also follow the procedure.
The government had constituted the two-member committee to investigate the handling of the 26/11 attacks.