Bombay HC asks Centre to comply with SC orders on Vohra report
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 00:36
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today directed the Centre to comply with Supreme Court's 1997 orders on implementation of N N Vohra report on nexus between mafia, politicians and bureaucracy.

The Vohra Committee was set up in 1993 after the Mumbai serial blasts. The report came out in the same year.

The court issued the directions while dismissing a PIL against Narayan Rane, state minister and Congress leader, over his remarks that some politicians provided support to terrorists in the 26/11 attacks.

Purushottam Barde, Shiv Sena activist, had filed this PIL, contending that Rane's statement must be probed, and he must reveal the names of these politicians.

Rane had later said, in his affidavit as reply to the PIL, that he was not referring to any person, but was talking about Vohra report of 1993.

Thereafter, the High Court asked the Centre to explain as what action was taken on the Vohra report.

Today, division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and V K Tahilramani dismissed the PIL, as two similar PILs,seeking questioning of Rane, had been dismissed by another bench earlier.

The court also referred to statement mady by ACP Ashok Durafe that no politicians were found to be involved in the November 26 attack.

Way back in 1997, Supreme Court had directed, in response to a PIL seeking implementation of Vohra report, that a high powered committee be set up to monitor investigation of nexus between mafia, politicians and bureaucracy.

While declining to entertain the PIL, the court today regretted that Union government's lawyer did not provide any information as to implementation of Vohra report.

"It is unfortunate that Union of India should not inform this court as to what steps it has taken pursuant to Supreme Court's orders."

"We hope and trust Union has in fact taken necessary steps ... if there is any laxity, then Union of India should expedite its action and ensure total compliance with Supreme Court's order," the judges said.


First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 00:36

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