Agen­cies fume as MHA babus sit on Da­wood case

The Sunday Guardian - - The Big Story - CON­TIN­UED FROM P1

“Every now and then, ran­dom sto­ries are planted in the me­dia by bu­reau­crats sit­ting in MHA giv­ing the im­pres­sion that they are work­ing hard to bring Da­wood back or are at least ‘hit­ting’ him. Some news chan­nel ‘speaks’ to him and then an­other news­pa­per pub­lishes base­less sto­ries about his prop­erty be­ing con­fis­cated. How­ever, the truth is, noth­ing is hap- pen­ing. He is car­ry­ing on with his busi­ness just the way he used to. These of­fi­cials are not even able to act against those who have been named by the Vohra Com­mit­tee re­port. The re­port had named re­source­ful politi­cians and bu­reau­crats. The Congress was help­less and could not make the re­port public as some of its lead­ers were named in the re­port, but what is stop­ping the BJP? Once the find­ings be­come public, the gov­ern- ment will have no op­tion but to take ac­tion against those who helped Da­wood in be­com­ing what he has be­come to­day,” said a se­nior of­fi­cer in­volved in in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing.

The MHA babus, while re­ply­ing to this re­porter’s RTI query seek­ing de­tails of the N.N. Vohra Com­mit­tee re­port, a few months ago, had stated that the min­utes of the meet­ings re­lated to the com­mit­tee were not avail­able with them, lead- ing to spec­u­la­tion that the 100-plus-page re­port might have been “mis­placed”. The MHA had de­clined to share the file not­ings of the com­mit­tee meet­ings, terming them as “se­cret”. What t he MHA has termed as “se­cret”, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the de­vel­op­ment, is noth­ing but the de­tails as to how politi­cians and bu­reau­crats helped crim­i­nals such as Da­wood Ibrahim to com­mit crimes, in­clud­ing per­pe­trat- ing the 1993 Mum­bai blasts.

The com­mit­tee, con­sti­tuted in July 1993 soon af­ter the March 1993 Mum­bai se­rial bomb blasts, had taken “stock of all avail­able in­for­ma­tion about the ac­tiv­i­ties of the crime syn­di­cates/ mafia or­gan­i­sa­tions which had de­vel­oped links with, and were be­ing pro­tected by gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies and po­lit­i­cal personalities” and had sub­mit­ted its find­ings to the gov­ern­ment in Oc­to­ber 1993.

IANS

Devo­tees gather dur­ing Ganga aarti at the Gandhi Ghat in Patna on Sat­ur­day.

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