Karkare’s death: Jacket didn`t fail, says govt
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 05, 2010, 22:02
Mumbai: The bulletproof jacket which slain IPS officer and the then Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare was wearing on the night of November 26, 2008 was not responsible for his death at the hands of terrorists, state advocate general told the Bombay High Court today.

Advocate General Ravi Kadam was defending the government's 2002 decision to procure the jackets which do not cover shoulders and neck.

A PIL filed by one Santosh Daundkar has alleged corruption in the purchase of 110 jackets, seeking CBI inquiry.

Arguing before the division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhikari, Kadam said, "Karkare's received all five bullets in the shoulder...none of the bullets pierced the jacket. The jacket did not fail."

He argued that "with wisdom of hindsight" nobody would purchase such jackets now, but in 2002 such threat perception did not exist.

"The heavier the jacket is, it hampers officer's mobility," he said, refuting any irregularities in purchase.

The jackets were meant only for .9 mm rounds, and not AK-47 rounds (which Kasab used), Kadam said.

Earlier, petitioner's lawyer advocate Y P Singh said a bulletproof jacket "has to cover shoulders".


First Published: Thursday, August 05, 2010, 22:02

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