Terror list goof-up: CBI suspends officials

CBI has withdrawn its Most Wanted list of terrorists from its website.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Taking corrective measures, the Central Bureau of Investigation, Friday, withdraw its Most Wanted list of terrorists from its website after two major goof-ups, which saw two persons named in the list and alleged to be hiding in Pakistan were actually living in Mumbai.

The investigating agency has also removed the Red Corner Notice for the time being.

Feroz Rashid Khan named in India’s most wanted list of terrorists allegedly hiding in Pakistan was found to be in Arthur Road Jail facing trial in the 1993 serial blasts case. Listed in the dossier as the criminal No 24 – Feroz - was shown as a wanted accused in the blasts case along with the absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim.

Earlier, the case of Wazhul Kamar Khan being in the list had also left the government red faced. Khan has been living in Mumbai suburb Thane`s Waghle Estate with his mother, wife and children, after he was let off on bail. He was also involved in the 2003 Vile-Parle and Ghatkopar blasts besides the 2002 Mumbai Central station blasts.

Secretary Internal Security, UK Bansal on Friday morning said, “The entire list will be reviewed.” However, the list sent to Pakistan will not be recalled,” he added.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which had forwarded Feroze Khan`s named to the Home Ministry for the list has owned up the mistake.

"They (the CBI) have admitted the mistake for erroneously including Feroze Khan in the list," Home Ministry spokesperson Onkar Kedia told a news agency.

Kedia said the CBI had named 40 people and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had included 10 suspected terrorists in the list.

The official said, "The CBI has written to the Home Ministry saying that they had forgotten to remove the name from the list although the accused was in their custody".

He said the NIA has checked up its list and stands by the names forwarded. The CBI is now rechecking the names of 40 people it had given.

Following the goof-up, the CBI promptly suspended an inspector and transferred two senior officers for the error, which was confirmed by a statement from the agency.

Agency spokesperson Dharini Mishra said: "After first lapse was discovered on May 17, the CBI ordered an enquiry. The lapse has occurred on the part of the official in cancelling the name from the list."

CBI had issued an Interpol Red Corner Notice against Khan in 1994 but the notice was not withdrawn even after the agency has got his custody.

"CBI has conveyed to the Home Ministry that the lapse was on the agency`s part. When CBI forwarded the list to MHA, they forgot to delete the name of this person," a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

Feroz is alleged to have facilitated transport and distribution of arms and ammunitions during the blast and subsequently. Mumbai police had alleged that following Dawood Ibrahim`s instructions, Khan arranged for landing of arms allegedly used in the blast.

MHA sources have reportedly said that the CBI failed to inform the Home Ministry about Feroz’s name during compilation of the list.

Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday had accepted that the inclusion of Wazhul Kamar Khan in the list of most-wanted fugitives given to Pakistan was a "mistake".

The Indian government had handed over the list of 50 most wanted fugitives to Pakistan shortly after the killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a US covert operation near Islamabad. The move was aimed at increasing the pressure on Pakistan to hand over fugitives wanted by India, including JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim but now after another gaffe coming to surface, the list is turning into a source of embarrassment for the Central government.

With IANS inputs

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