Police registers FIR in Karkare`s missing jacket case
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 18:10
  
Mumbai: Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against unidentified persons for allegedly hatching a criminal conspiracy and stealing bullet-proof jacket of former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare, who was shot dead by terrorists during the 26/11 terror attacks near Cama hospital.

The FIR was registered in J J Marg police station in south Mumbai on an order passed by Mazgaon metropolitan magistrate following a complaint made by social activist Santosh Daundkar in this regard.

The magistrate had ordered the police to probe the missing jacket of Karkare and file an FIR.

The accused were booked under sections 379 (theft) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, Senior Inspector Khanderao Patil said.

"According to the complainant, the bullet proof jacket was lost after Karkare was taken to J J Hospital for post- mortem report. We are probing the matter in all possible angles," said Patil, refusing to divulge further details.

Police sources said those who took the body to the hospital and were involved in the process of post-mortem would be questioned in the case.

Daundkar (35) said that Karkare and his family should get justice and that was the reason why he had filed an FIR.

"The bullet proof jacket had not gone missing but it was stolen. The government had procured sub-standard jackets. High level corruption took place while procuring these jackets. This is what the government wants to hide," Daundkar alleged.

"The court has asked police to submit a report in this regard by January 30," he said, adding that the bullet-proof jacket was a vital piece of evidence in the backdrop of allegations that it was defective and had therefore led to Karkare's death.

The complainant's lawyer Y P Singh said this was a very serious issue and the probe would unravel how and when the jacket went missing. "We strongly suspect powerful and influential men would be involved in the case," Singh said.

Earlier, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil had ordered the Mumbai Police Crime Branch to probe the missing jacket after Karkare's wife Kavita brought the matter to his notice.

She had learnt through RTI that the bullet-proof jacket was missing.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 18:10


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