Chavan defends Gafoor, says no strictures against him

Maharashtra CM on Wednesday came out in defence of Hasan Gafoor, saying there were no strictures against the former Mumbai Police Commissioner who was shunted out from the post in the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks.

Last Updated: May 26, 2010, 21:07 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok
Chavan on Wednesday came out in defence of Hasan Gafoor, saying there were no strictures against the former Mumbai Police
Commissioner who was shunted out from the post in the
aftermath of the 26/11 attacks.

"There are no strictures against him (Gafoor) and the
new state police chief would be appointed as per guidelines of
the Supreme Court," Chavan told reporters.

With Maharashtra DGP A N Roy retiring this month,
Gafoor, DG (Anti Corruption Bureau), has emerged as the front
runner for the top post, given his seniority.

Not refusing possibility of Gafoor`s name for the
post, Chavan said "all the names would be considered for the
post as per the rules."

After the Mumbai attacks, Gafoor landed in trouble
after an interview to a weekly news magazine in which he
alleged that a section of senior police officers refused to be
on the ground and take on the terrorists during the attacks.

He was then made the managing director of the Police
Housing Corporation in the rank of DGP.

Even the Ram Pradhan committee, appointed to probe the
attacks, rapped Gafoor for not taking charge during the
incident.

However, Chavan said the government did not accept all
the recommendations of the Pradhan committee and the officer
was, in fact, promoted.

"We did not accept the entire report of the Pradhan
committee and Gafoor was given promotion as DG overruling
the report against him," Chavan said.

PTI