New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok
Chavan on Saturday said he will "find out the truth" in the claims
that ATS chief Hemant Karkare was killed in the 26/11 Mumbai
attacks because of a faulty bulletproof jacket he was wearing.
"I will find out what is the truth in the matter," Chavan
told reporters here when asked about claims that the jacket
worn by Karkare was defective.
A PIL filed in the Bombay High Court had claimed that the
bullet proof vests worn by Karkare and two other senior
officers while fighting terrorists on November 26 last
belonged to the batch of 110 defective pieces purchased by the
police way back in 2002.
This comes in the wake of revelations by Karkare`s widow
Kavita that the bullet proof jacket worn by her husband was
missing. She had filed an RTI request in this regard.
Chavan said he had heard about the claims and would look
into them. The Chief Minister was talking to journalists after
inaugurating the Maharashtra Pavilion at the India
International Trade Fair here.
On allegations by SP leader Amar Singh on threat to party
MLA Abu Azmi`s life, he merely said "Amar Singh is a big
national leader, I am a small leader from a state."
Chavan had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Congress President Sonia Gandhi
yesterday. "These were courtesy meetings," he said.
Terming the Saras crash on the outskirts of Bangalore
earlier this year as "unfortunate", Chavan said "we need to
put behind such temporary setbacks and work towards
certification of the project."
The success of such programmes is the first step in
building the aerospace industry, he said, adding the
participation of private firms like Mahindra Aerospace and
Tatas in production and manufacture of aircraft augurs well
for the industry.
With two per cent of GDP being spent on science and
technology, future wealth will be created from knowledge, more
so from innovation. "With this in mind, the the government is
creating the supporting ecosystem by establishing institutions
of higher learning," he said.
G Madhavan Nair, Chairman Research Council, NAL and
former Chairman ISRO, DoS (Department of Space), who presided,
described the hangar as the "nucleus of various aircraft
Recalling NAL`s close partnership with ISRO, he said it
was a "pleasant coincidence that the inauguration of the
hangar coincides with the first anniversary of placing the
Indian flag on the moon" and hoped NAL would evolve as a
national facility for research and development in aeronautics
Earlier M S Chidananda, Head C-CADD (Centre for Civil
Aircraft Design and Development) said NAL`s Saras project was
likely to get the certification by end of December 2011. "We
are working on the P3 (third protoype) of Saras by reducing
the structural weight by 500 kg and it is expected to be ready
by the third quarter of next year," he said.