The state Home Department has denied further inquiry into the alleged shady purchase deal of substandard bulletproof jackets — one of which slain top cop Hemant Karkare wore during the November 26 terror attacks.
Following Opposition legislator Devendra Fadnavis's allegations that some 'corrupt' police officers were responsible for buying the "killer jackets", an upset Home Minister R R Patil told the Opposition to give up the subject and not discuss it further.
"The government has clarified its stand on this issue. The jacket [that Karkare wore on November 26, 2008] did not have the strength to protect against AK-47s. We are inquiring into the deal."
Fadnavis challenged Patil to bring the guilty to book.
"Karkare was killed because his jacket did not protect his shoulders where he took five bullets."
Even the file that contained purchase details of the jackets went missing. It soon resurfaced but without the important papers.