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Court pat for probe team

The Supreme Court on Wednesday complimented the investigation team headed by Anil Kar for its painstaking efforts in cracking the American Center attack case.

Delivering the judgment that set aside the death penalty but upheld the guilty verdict, the court expressed the hope that the government would give officers like Kar appropriate encouragement in their career advancement.

“Before parting with the case, we must place on record and appreciate the work of the investigation team, headed by Anil Kar. On the very date of the incident when he was entrusted with the task of investigation, he swung into action and from then onwards, we found that he relentlessly carried on the investigation with the wholehearted assistance of each one of his team members and they deserve appropriate encouragement in their services,” Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla said.

Contacted by this newspaper, Kar, now a deputy commissioner of Calcutta police, said this evening: “I have only heard the operative part and not the entire judgment. If the apex court has praised my efforts, it’s good. I had done as much as I could while probing this particular case.”

A young officer of the homicide department then, Kar recalled having submitted the chargesheet in the case on the 89th day.

Fifteen persons were named as accused, out of which six were absconding. “It was a collective effort from the entire team of the detective department,” Kar said.