Agencies fume as MHA babus sit on Dawood case
“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.
Devotees gather during Ganga aarti at the Gandhi Ghat in Patna on Saturday.