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Comply with SC orders: HC to Centre

mumbai Updated: Aug 10, 2010 01:32 IST
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Seventeen years after the N.N. Vohra Committee submitted its report on nexus between criminal syndicates and politicians/bureaucrats, the Bombay High Court directed the Centre to ensure a high-level committee is set up.

On March 20, 1997, acting on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Rajya Sabha member Dinesh Trivedi, the Supreme Court (SC) had issued directives to set up an independent high-level committee to be appointed by the President in consultation with the prime minister and Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

A division bench of Justice Ranjan Desai and Justice V.K. Tahilramani on Monday asked the Centre to ensure total compliance of the directives while dismissing a PIL filed by Shiv Sena's Solapur district chief Purushottam Barde.

Barde had sought investigation into a statement made by the then Revenue Minister Narayan Rane after the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai. The Congress leader had claimed that some politicians had provided financial and logistical support to the Pakistani attackers.

The bench dismissed Barde’s plea after Assistant Commissioner of Police Ashok Durafe informed the court that no politician was found involved in the attacks.

Following Barde's petition, the Mumbai police crime branch had recorded statements of Rane and some other persons.

Rane said he made the statement with reference to Vohra Committee’s report.