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Political storm over faulty 26/11 bulletproof vests

Jun 06, 2009 08:24 PM IST Politics Politics
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Mumbai: There has been shock and anger after CNN-IBN brought to light the mystery surrounding the missing file on the procurement of bulletproof jackets for Mumbai Police.

Political reactions have come thick and fast with Opposition parties in New Delhi demanding an inquiry into the matter.

"The most crucial link of the substandard jacket is lost. Therefore the matter needs to be investigated," BJP Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad demands.

As he came under attack from the Shiv Sena back home, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan came out in defence of his government.

"There are thousands and lakhs of files with the government. After a period of I think about five-six years the government doesn't need to keep them," Ashok Chavan had told CNN-IBN on Friday

But not everyone is buying Chavan's explanation.

"No, no! I don't believe this. All this is avoiding responsibility. The file can always be reconstructed. If they wan to give the information there is no difficulty in that. They can definitely do it," says former IPS officer Sudhakar Suradkar.

While the controversy brews, questions that remain unanswered are:

  • Has the crucial file been disposed off?
  • Is the enquiry report which was part of that file also missing?
  • If both documents do exist, why did the Mumbai Police reply to an RTI query saying, "The file cannot be found"?

With Assembly elections just months away, it's obvious that the Opposition will not let go off this matter.

What remains to be seen is whether the Maharashtra government survives the storm over the faulty bulletproof jackets or not.

(With inputs from Divyamanu Chowdhry and Amandeep Singh)