The Bombay High Court observed that the government should identify politicians who have a nexus with organised crime syndicates and “let the people know” about them. The court’s observation came during the ongoing case regarding state revenue minister Narayan Rane’s post 26/11 statements on the NN Vohra Committee about a politician-criminal nexus. The court had earlier stated that “it’s an accepted fact that the organised crime syndicate and terrorists cannot survive without police support or political patronage”. It had asked what Shiv Sena and its former member Rane did following the Vohra committee report. The state informed the court that it was unaware if any steps have been taken on the basis of the report because the committee was constituted by the Central government. They then directed the petitioner to make the Central government a party to the petition. The court had made the observations in view of an affidavit filed by Rane regarding the Vohra committee report. Remarking on the dynasty politics, the court commented that the younger politicians will have to bear the stigma if their ancestors were involved in such activities. The case will come up for hearing after six weeks.
December 22, 2015
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