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26/11 plea: HC directs Centre, state to file reply

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Centre and the state government to file affidavits in reply to a petition based on the controversial book written by former Inspector General of Police S.M. Mushrif, and seeking re-investigation into the CST and Cama Hospital attacks on 26/11. HT reports.

mumbai Updated: Aug 18, 2010 01:57 IST
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The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Centre and the state government to file affidavits in reply to a petition based on the controversial book written by former Inspector General of Police S.M. Mushrif, and seeking re-investigation into the CST and Cama Hospital attacks on 26/11.

The book Who killed Karkare? was launched in 2009.

A division bench of Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice Anoop Mohta has given two weeks to file the affidavits in reply to the petition seeking setting up a Special Investigation Team to reinvestigate the CST-Cama Hospital terror attack.

The petition has been filed by Patna resident and three-times former member of Bihar Legislative Assembly Radhakant Yadav.

The 77-year-old has alleged that the attacks at CST and outside Cama Hospital was carried out by Intelligence Bureau personnel and members of "right-wing terrorist outfit" Abhinav Bharat.

The attack was to ensure that Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare was killed as the senior IPS Officer was "inches away" from arresting some high-profile industrialists, builders and diamond merchants, who had purportedly financed the cause of Abhinav Bharat to form Hindu Rashtra.

Yadav’s petition alleges that India’s external intelligence agency RAW had received specific information about a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba ship carrying some of their mercenaries, a week ahead of the attacks.

A parallel operation was planned and executed by right-wing terrorist organisation Abhinav Bharat with the connivance and active help of communal elements in Intelligence Bureau perfectly coinciding with the 26/11 attack. The petitioner has relied on the judgment of the special court in 26/11 attacks, saying that names of terrorists Kasab and Abu Ismail find no place in the intercepted conversation between the LeT operatives and their Pakistani handlers.