Kim Davy issue: BJP blames Chidambaram for warrant goof-up

Holding Home Minister P Chidambaram responsible for sending a CBI team with an expired warrant to extradite Kim Davy, BJP said it is a `big embarrassment`.

Updated: May 19, 2011, 22:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Holding Home Minister P Chidambaram
responsible for sending a CBI team with an expired warrant to
extradite Kim Davy, BJP on Thursday said it is a "big embarrassment"
and wondered whether the Purulia arms drop case accused would
get away like Bofors scam accused Ottavio Quattrocchi.

"Here is another blunder. CBI reached Copenhagen with an
expired warrant for Kim Davy. Big embarrassment for the
country. Is anybody accountable in this government," senior
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj twitted.

The CBI team was left red-faced after the defence counsel
of Davy pointed out during the court proceedings in Copenhagen
that the arrest warrant issued by special CBI court against
his client has expired in January.

Referring to government`s response on appointment of the
Central Vigilance Commissioner as well as on goof-up in the
`most wanted` list, Swaraj said "oversight" has become the
"all time excuse" for the UPA dispensation.

"They say expired warrant is an `oversight`. Oversight in
CVC papers. Oversight in India`s Most Wanted List. It is an
all time excuse," she said.

Later in the day, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman in a
press conference said, "The country stands surprised at the
level of arrogance of the (home) minister even while taking
responsibility for grave errors...He should focus on his work
and save the nation from further such embarrassments," she
said.

She alleged UPA-II is suffering from a "governance
deficit" syndrome. "A directionless drift is seen in several
of the government ministries` performances. The Congress Party
is generously adding to this mess," she said.

She said the Home Minister "who took pains to show that
efforts were being made for greater coherence among
investigative and intelligence organs of the government post
26/11, today finds the CBI going to Copenhagen, seeking the
extradition of Davy with an expired warrant."

Maintaining that the Congress and the UPA have a lot to
explain about the case, Sitharaman wondered whether Davy was
going to get away like Quattrocchi.

"Is the CBI messing up the case? The CBI certainly does
not suffer with this level of incompetency," she said, adding
that the Home Ministry was moving from one "human error" to
another.

PTI