No record of Digvijay, Karkare phone talk: Patil

In an embarrassment to Digvijay Singh, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil on Thursday said there was no record of the purported telephonic conversation between Congress general secretary and slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare.

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010, 20:27 PM IST

Nagpur: In an embarrassment to Digvijay
Singh, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil on Thursday said there
was existence of any record of the purported telephonic
conversation between the Congress general secretary and slain
ATS chief Hemant Karkare.
"It is his (Digvijay`s) personal opinion. The state
police machinery does not have any record of his conversation
with Karkare on that fateful day," Patil said while making a
suo moto statement under Rule 48 in the Lower House.

Karkare was perturbed over allegations of framing of
charges against sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and others in the
Malegaon blast case and had expressed it before him and the
Director General of Police, he said.

"But Karkare was a victim of terror attack in Mumbai
and died of bullets of terrorists," he said.
Digvijay had last week created a flutter by claiming
that that Karkare had spoken about threats from right-wing
groups during a telephonic conversation with him hours before
he was killed.
He, however, subsequently clarified that he never
doubted the role of Pakistani elements in the Mumbai attacks.

Congress has distanced itself from Digvijay`s
statement, saying the matter was "a conversation between two
individuals".

PTI