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‘Conceal’ rap on 26/11 cop boss

Mumbai, July 16: Maharashtra’s chief information commissioner has rapped Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria for “denying” and “withholding” the information the widow of a 26/11 martyr had sought regarding her husband’s death.

“I order the state government through the chief secretary to initiate an inquiry into the entire matter under the Commission of Enquiry Act, 1952, headed by a sitting or retired judge,” CIC Ratnakar Gaikwad said in his July 9 order, invoking Section 19 (c) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, which provides for penalties.

Vinita Kamte, widow of slain police officer Ashok Kamte, had alleged deliberate manipulations in the transcripts she was given of the call logs of the main police control room.

In her book To The Last Bullet, which she co-authored with journalist Vinita Deshmukh, Vinita had raised questions about why her husband and two senior officers lay injured for 40 minutes after they were shot by the 26/11 attackers though there was continuous wireless communication with the main control room manned by Maria, then the joint commissioner (crime).

Gaikwad said “there was ground for suspicion that he wanted to conceal information”.