A MUMBAI-BASED lawyer has moved the Bombay High Court, seeking an independent investigation into the circumstances under which Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare was killed.
Amin Solkar filed a public interest litigation (PIL) on December 11, mainly because Karkare was investigating the countrywide Hindutva terror network. The PIL has asked the court to appoint a special investigating team under its supervision.
Karkare had unearthed an alleged Hindutva terror plot while probing the Malegaon blasts case. The Muslims in Malegaon have always claimed Karkare was killed by Hindutva militants and not by Qasab.
Solkar’s petition is expected to be heard on Thursday. The PIL wants former CM of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh, to file an affidavit disclosing the names of political leaders who wanted Karkare out of the ATS.
Former revenue minister Narayan Rane will also have some explanations to do. “A week after 26/11, he said some politicians had provided logistical and financial support for the attack,” claimed Solkar.
Rane, incensed on being denied the Chief Minister’s post following Vilasrao Deshmukh’s resignation, had alleged that terrorists were getting “logistical” support from politicians. He, however, had not revealed any names.
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