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HC seeks to know action on Vohra Committee

The Bombay High Court on Friday sought information regarding implementation of recommendations made by Vohra Committee on criminalisation of politics in October 1993.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2010 01:27 AM IST

The Bombay High Court on Friday sought information regarding implementation of recommendations made by Vohra Committee on criminalisation of politics in October 1993.

The division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice V.K. Tahilramani has given one week to the Union government for detailing action taken on Vohra Committee Report. The court was hearing a petition filed by Solapur-based Shiv Sena worker Purushottam Barde.

He has moved the high court through his lawyer Dharyasheel Sutar, seeking an inquiry into Rane's statement post-26/11 Mumbai terror strikes that some local politicians had provided monetary and logistical support to the Pakistani attackers. Rane replied to the petition saying his comments were based on the Vohra Committee's Report regarding criminalisation of politics.

The Centre had set up the committee under former Union Home Secretary N.N. Vohra. The committee studied the problem of criminalisation of politics and of the nexus among criminals, politicians, and bureaucrats.

Its report contained several observations made by official agencies on the criminal network which was virtually running a parallel government. It also discussed criminal gangs who enjoyed the patronage of politicians, of all parties, and the protection of government functionaries. The report revealed political leaders had become leaders of gangs.

The judges remarked Rane seemed to have gone "overboard" while making the statement. The judges clarified said they did not want to get into political aspects but would direct the Central government to take steps to implement the Vohra Committee Report.

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