No govt agency connived with Purulia case: Govt
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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 justice".

"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 state.

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 directions.


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

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