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Documents ‘in order’ now: CBI after Purulia botch up
New Delhi, May 19 (IANS):
Published on 19 May. 2011 11:28 PM IST
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Under fire for carrying an expired arrest warrant to Denmark that botched up the extradition of Kim Davy, the main accused in the 1995 Purulia arms drop case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Thursday said its documents have been put “in order” now.
Terming the goof-up as an “oversight”, a CBI official told IANS that the agency has sought revalidation of the warrant, which will be extended till Aug 20. The warrant that a CBI team took to a Danish court had expired in January.
The agency got the fresh warrant from the special CBI court and a scanned copy was sent immediately to the team in Copenhagen.
The original copy of the warrant has also been sent to Copenhagen for the court hearing in Denmark that resumed Thursday.
The CBI came in for strong criticism from opposition parties for botching up the extradition of Davy, accused of dropping a cache of arms in West Bengal’s Purulia district from an An-26 aircraft Dec 17, 1995.
Big embarrassment: BJP
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj slammed the government for what she termed as a “big embarrassment”.
“Here is another blunder. CBI reached Copenhagen with an expired warrant for Kim Davy. Big embarrassment for the country. Is anybody accountable in this government,” she wrote on Twitter.
She said “oversight” had become the “all time excuse” for the government, referring to the government’s response to the goof-up of India’s list of 50 most wanted fugitives given to Pakistan, the controversial appointment of the Central Vigilance Commissioner P.J. Thomas.
“They say expired warrant is an ‘oversight’. Oversight in CVC papers. Oversight in India’s Most Wanted List. It is an all-time excuse.”
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury, criticising the CBI, said it has had a “lackadaisical approach” in seeking Davy’s extradition.
“CBI must immediately change its lackadaisical approach. They must correct it in the interest of the country. It is a very serious matter considering internal security,” Yechury told IANS.
The CBI, Yechury said, “must ensure Davy’s extradition in the interest of the country”.
The government sent a two-member team - a CBI officer and a lawyer - to Denmark seeking Davy’s extradition. The team left for Denmark May 16.
Davy had earlier alleged that Indian intelligence agencies had a role in the arms drop case.
In an interview to Times Now TV channel, Davy alleged that the then P.V. Narasimha Rao government had plotted the operation to destabilise the West Bengal government by arming locals in the Left-ruled state.
He claimed that India’s external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) planned the operation with the help of its British counterpart MI-5.

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