Even as the saffron combine on attacked Chief Minister Ashok Chavan over the leak of the Pradhan committee report on the handling of the 26/11 terror attack, the latter passed the buck to the NCP – in particular, Home Minister R R Patil-on the issue of the document’s secrecy. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has passed the responsibility of the secrecy of the Pradhan Committee report on the handling of the 26/11 terror attack on Home Minister R R Patil. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan declined to comment on the authenticity of the report published in a section of the media, saying it was the responsibility of the home department led by R R Patil. Home Minister R R Patil, for his part, said it was the cabinet’s responsibility to take a decision on the report. In February 2009, Pradhan submitted his report. But instead of tabling the entire document, the home department submitted only the Action Taken Report (ATR) in both houses of the state legislature. The report maintained that the then Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor failed to provide leadership to the police force. In the ATR, however, the government denied the charge and stood by Hasan Gafoor. The Pradhan committee had also been critical of the performance of the home department and some senior IPS officials. For now the Congress has decided that since the home department is controlled by the NCP, the latter party will have to take responsibility for the state of affairs there. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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