Chief Minister Ashok Chavan indicated on Monday that former city police commissioner Hasan Gafoor is in big trouble for making allegations in a section of media that some of his senior colleagues did not respond to the situation during the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai last year.
“Making this kind of statement does not fit a highly disciplined police force,” Chavan said reacting to the interview given by Gafoor, who was appointed director general (police housing) a couple of months after the terror attacks.
Slamming Gafoor, Chavan said that the officer had other options available to make statements.
The chief minister’s tough stand on Gafoor has indicated that the home department was contemplating serious action against the former city commissioner of police (CP).
The government will, however, not issue a legal notice to Gafoor immediately. Gafoor will first be issued a letter late on Monday or on Tuesday asking him to explain his stand.
Action against the former CP will be decided once he submits his reply to the state government.
“Since he is a responsible officer and has been in government service for long, we would like to know whether he said so and what is his explanation. We also want to build a foolproof case,” said sources in the home department who did not wish to be named.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Chandra Iyengar, has been asked to seek the views of the four Indian Police Service officers — KL Prasad (then joint CP, law and order), Parambir Singh, then additional CP, Anti Terrorism Squad), Deven Bharti (additional CP, crime) and K Venkateshan (then additional CP, south region) — whom Gafoor named.
The two-member committee headed by former Cabinet Secretary Ram Pradhan that probed the police’s response roles during the attacks had found that Gafoor had failed as the leader of the city police during the terror strikes.
Chavan indicated that the report by would remain unpublished.
“We have already revealed the essential parts of the report,” he said.
When asked if 26/11 exposed an acute lack of leadership [in the senior police officers and politicians], Chavan said, “We learned so many things from the terror attacks.”