Why Vohra committee appointed if no action was to be taken: HC

The Bombay High Court on Friday asked as to why action was not taken on reports submitted by committees, especially the one set up in the wake of the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Updated: Jul 23, 2010, 22:57 PM IST

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday asked as
to why action was not taken on reports submitted by
committees, especially the one set up in the wake of the 1993
Mumbai blasts.

The court was referring to N N Vohra report, which was
set up after the 1993 blasts, stating nexus between
politicians and underworld. Committee submitted its report in
the same year.
High Court had earlier asked the Centre as what action it
had taken on the report. But no answer is yet forthcoming.

"What decisions have been taken? Otherwise there is no
purpose in forming committee," said the division bench of
Justices Ranjana Desai and V K Tahilramani.

The court was hearing the defence taken by state revenue
minister Narayan Rane in a PIL, which sought probe into his
statement after November 26, 2008 Mumbai attack.

Rane, who had quit the ministry at the time and was not
on good terms with Congress leadership, had alleged that some
politicians had helped the terrorists who carried out the
attack.

PIL was filed by Shiv Sena member Purushottam Barde. But
Rane`s stand in the Court is that he was only referring to
Vohra report, and not any person.
The judges said they will not go into Rane`s
statement, but were more concerned about issues raised by
Vohra committee.

The judges, though, remarked that it was difficult to
digest Rane`s explanation.

"Vohra report came in 1993. You made the statement in
2008. This is rather not palatable," said Justice Desai.

But she also said that "every day politicians make
statements. If we start taking cognisance of every statement
we will keep doing that only."

"Politicians should not...but it is their prerogative,
we can not stop them," the judge said.

Asking lawyers of both the state and the Centre to
seek instruction about action taken on Vohra report, court
said the final order would be passed on July 30.

PTI