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Send responsible officer with files, HC tells prosecution

mumbai Updated: Jul 09, 2010 01:22 IST
HT Correspondent

Irked by the Maharashtra government for refusing to disclose information on the 2008 terror attacks, the Bombay High Court asked the prosecution to ensure that a “responsible officer” remains present in court on July 12 with the necessary files.

A division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice V.K. Tahilramani was hearing a bunch of public interest litigations filed after the

terror attacks on November 26, 2008.

The high court had asked the state government to submit the details of all preventive security measures taken in the aftermath of the 26/11 terror strikes.

The high court, which has been insisting on the presence of the National Security Guards (NSG) in the city, asked the state government to show the files concerning the help provided by the Mumbai police to the NSG commandos during the operation.

Public Prosecutor Pandurang Pol told the court that the government could not disclose the details because of security reasons.

“Even this is a matter of national importance. Show us that you [police] had helped [the NSG] and we will be happy. But we have to see that ourselves,” remarked Justice Desai.

The high court added that it was not calling for the files to make it a public document and that’s why it had asked for a responsible officer to remain present in court with the files.