No govt agency connived with Purulia case: Govt

Last Updated: Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 22:06

New Delhi: Government on Saturday rejected the
charge that any official agency had "connived or helped"
Purulia arms drop case accused to destabilize the Jyoti Basu
government in West Bengal in 1995 and said "any new fact
emerging at any time" would be looked into by CBI.

The recent allegations by a wanted and proclaimed
offender in the case Kim Davy "are mischievous and aimed at
misleading the prosecuting agency and a court in Denmark which
is seized with the matter of his extradition to India to face
trial", the government said in a statement.

"Notwithstanding what Kim Davy and Peter Bleach, a
convict in this case, have said to a section of the media, the
fact remains that no government agency connived or helped them
in their heinous act", it said.

The case has remained under investigation and "any new
facts emerging at any time will be looked into by the CBI in a
professional manner, the statement said adding the government
is committed to "unravelling the truth and the entire
conspiracy behind the crime and to bring all the guilty to

"Once Kim Davy is extradited and put to trial in an
Indian court of law, he will get ample opportunity to explain
his contentions and his defence to the court which will decide
on his culpability as per the evidence and the law", the
statement said.

"Government and the CBI are acutely conscious of the fact
that nothing should be done at this stage that will prejudice
the extradition proceedings or the intended trial of Kim Davy
after his extradition to India," it said.

Yesterday, CBI had dismissed claims of Davy that the
clandestine work of arms being dropped in Purulia from a
foreign plane in 1995 was carried out by "political forces" at
the Centre to destabilise the Left front Government of West
Bengal which at that time was headed by Jyoti Basu.

The statement said that from the very beginning the
government and CBI have shown "all seriousness in locating
and extraditing" Kim Davy.

Since he was traced in Denmark in 2001, efforts continued
to extradite him to India even though there was no extradition
treaty between the two countries, it said adding the External
Affairs Minister had taken up the issue with the Danish Deputy
Prime Minister when he had visited India recently.

Noting that Davy had earlier admitted his role not only
before the press but also at a court in Copenhagen, the
statement said "his self-serving allegations and attempt to
give a political colour to his crime and thus deflect the
judicial process of his extradition is not substantiated by
the evidence and facts".

The statement said the allegations and contentions of
Bleach as voiced by him now could have been raised during
his free and fair trial in an open court of law. He was given
every opportunity to prove his alleged innocence whereas the
trial court found him one of the main conspirators and
convicted him for life.

"Documents pertaining to the case against Peter Bleach
and the Latvians are already in the public domain. When Kim
Davy is extradited to India and put on trial the documents
pertaining to his role will also be put in the public domain,"
the statement said.

Davy had claimed to a TV channel that the then PV
Narasimha Rao government had plotted the operation to
destabilise the West Bengal government by arming locals in the

He had also claimed India`s external intelligence agency
Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) planned the operation with
the help of its British counterpart MI-5 on the Centre`s


First Published: Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 22:06

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