The government is facing the heat a day after the disclosure of the Liberhan Commission report. The pressure to release the controversial R D Pradhan report on the 26/11 attack is mounting. Chief Minister Ashok Chavan may convene a meeting of his cabinet to evolve a strategy to counter the opposition and NGOs who are questioning the contents of the 100-page report. The pressure to release the controversial R D Pradhan report on the 26/11 attack is mounting on Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. The Shiv Sena and the BJP have decided to step up their demand for the report in the winter session beginning December 8. Eknath Khadse, leader of the opposition has said that if the government’s intentions are clear and they want to learn from past failures, why they can’t share the document with the opposition and the people of Maharashtra. Senior cabinet ministers have informed the media that even cabinet ministers have been unable to study the report. Prima facie the Ministers have buckled under bureaucrats’ pressure to withhold the report as it would have raised questions about the functioning of the police and the administration. Insiders say, while lauding the role of the police, the report questioned the leadership of then commissioner Hasan Gafoor. In the same breath, it appreciated the role of director-general of police AN Roy. However Senior IPS officials of the state who do not want to make the report public defend their stance by stating that the Pradhan committee was not formed under the Commission of Inquiry Act. It has no legal standing. If it is made public, it will throw up questions that the government will not be able to answer. They add that during Pradhan’s probe, people were not allowed to depose, so natural justice has not been done. Bureau report – NMTV News.
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