No substance in Rane's allegation, police tells High Court

Mumbai: There is no substance in the allegation made by Maharashtra revenue minister Narayan Rane that some politicians had assisted the terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008, police told High Court today.

"We submitted a letter to the Bombay High Court saying that probe into November 26 attack has not revealed the role of any politician," public prosecutor P A Pol said.

The division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and V K Tahilramani, which was hearing the PIL filed by Solapur-based Purushottam Barde in this regard, reserved the judgement.

A disgruntled Rane had said in a press conference in December 2008 that he knew some politicians of ruling coalition in the state who had provided assistance to terrorists.

Rane was not on good terms with the Congress leadership then and had resigned, but later he was taken back into the ministry.

Barde, a Shiv Sena activist, had sought inquiry into Rane's allegation. But in the affidavit filed before the High Court, Rane said that he was merely referring to 1993 report of N Vohra Committee, which had been set up to investigate nexus between politicians and mafia, in the wake of Mumbai serial blasts.

The court had said in the last hearing that it would not go into the statements made by politicians, but was concerned about what action was taken on Vohra report.