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4 IPS officers to file suit against Gafoor
Published on 22 Nov. 2009 10:50 PM IST
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Four senior IPS officers have decided to file a case of defamation against former Mumbai police commissioner and now director-general (housing) Hasan Gafoor for his statements that they were not keen to go out during the 26/11 terror attack. Gafoor, who was the commissioner of police when the terror strike took place, was quoted in a recent magazine interview saying that top cops Parambir Singh, K Venkatesham, Deven Bharti and K L Prasad ‘‘either dithered on rushing to the sites or chose to be away from action’’. These four IPS officers who held senior posts at the time termed Gafoor’s statement as baseless. ‘‘What we did is there in the Ram Pradhan Committee report,’’ said one of the IPS officers. The two-member Committee was set up to probe the lapses on the part of the administration during the attack. Bharti told TOI: ‘‘I have narrated whatever I did during the 26/11 attack, and it is a matter of record. I don’t think I need anybody’s certificate of approval to prove my work. If that was the case, why did Gafoor not inform the government or the Pradhan Committee?’’ While Venkatesham refused to comment, an agitated Parambir Singh said: ‘‘It is very unfortunate that we had to hear such comments from him. We left no stone unturned when fighting the terrorists.’’ Singh added that all the officers would initiate separate defamation proceedings against Gafoor. Prasad said, ‘‘I don’t want to clarify anything at this hour as the government, the police force and even the media know who was at the sites during the attack.’’ Maharashtra govt orders inquiry The Maharashtra Government has ordered an inquiry into former Mumbai Police Commissioner Hassan Gafoor’s alleged remarks accusing four senior police officers of dereliction of duty during the 26/11 terror attacks. Home Minister R R Patil has directed state Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Chandra Iyengar to conduct an inquiry into the matter. “It is true that I have been asked to conduct an inquiry into the matter by the Home Minister,” Iyengar said. Gafoor, in an interview to a magazine, had said “a section of senior police officers refused to be on the ground and take on the terrorists. By doing so, they chose to ignore the need of the hour.” Whether a show-cause notice has been served on Gafoor, Iyengar said, “No such notice has been sent. I need to find the facts first by conducting the inquiry.”

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