Maria letter puts state in a dilemma
A worried Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil on Friday said JCP (Crime Branch) Rakesh Maria has asked for clarifying the charges of dereliction of duty during the 26/11 crisis — especially when the terrorists killed the three senior officers near Cama Hospital. Dharmendra Jore reports...mumbai Updated: Nov 28, 2009 02:16 IST
A worried Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil on Friday said JCP (Crime Branch) Rakesh Maria has asked for clarifying the charges of dereliction of duty during the 26/11 crisis — especially when the terrorists killed the three senior officers near Cama Hospital.
But Patil denied that Maria has threatened to quit the Indian Police Service.
“We received Maria’s letter on Thursday. He has not mentioned anything about resigning from the IPS,” Patil told HT.
When asked if the state would clarify the issue, a reluctant Patil said, “We have not taken any decision on Maria’s request as yet”.
Patil, who was heading the home department during 26/11, has avoided talking about the allegations of cover-up made by wives of slain officers Ashok Kamte and Hemant Karkare.
Vinita, widow of Ashok Kamte, additional commissioner of police, killed by Ajmal Kasab and Abu Ismail, has alleged that the police control room in-charge Maria did not react to repeated calls for help during and after the shootout. Her charges are based on documents she got through the RTI Act. She has written about it in her book: To The Last Bullet.
Sources close to Maria told HT on Thursday that he would quit the job if the state did not clarify the charges or allowed him to speak for himself.
“The reason why the government has not published the Pradhan Committee report is that it does not want the internal bickering to come out in the open. If Maria is allowed to speak right now, it will lead to several rounds of allegations and counter allegations,” said the officials.
“The decision will depend on what CM Ashok Chavan and Home Minister R.R. Patil want to do on Maria’s request.”