New Delhi: A day after the terror list gaffe came to light leaving the government red faced, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has deleted the name of Wazhul Qamar Khan from the list of India`s 50 most wanted fugitives hiding in Pakistan.
It was revealed yesterday that Khan, whose name had figured in the list of most wanted fugitives supposed to be in Pakistan was actually found staying in Thane district of Maharashtra.
On CBI`s website, Khan`s profile figured on the page of fugitives against whom there are pending Interpol red corner notices and who are wanted for terror bombings in India. However, the profile was removed immediately after it became known that the government had goofed up on the terror list that was handed over to Pakistan for tracking 50 criminals allegedly hiding in that country.
The Union Home Ministry has ordered an investigation and Wazhul’s passport is being rechecked to find out if he visited Pakistan. Khan has been claiming that his passport has been missing.
Khan`s name was 41st in the list of fugitives, who include underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, his 20 aides, 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and dreaded terrorist Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
The Indian government handed over the fugitive list to Pakistan shortly after the killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a US covert operation near Islamabad.
The move was aimed at increasing the pressure on Pakistan to hand over fugitives wanted by India, including JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim but it ended up in a huge embarrassment for the central government which yesterday ordered a probe into how the goof up happened.
Home Secretary G.K. Pillai, who is meeting intelligence officers today, has already admitted the mistake saying the list was prepared by intelligence agencies and they should have removed his profile earlier.
"We deeply regret for the blunder," he said.