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IG Parambir Singh to move court against Gafoor's outburst

Source: PTI
November 21, 2009 18:05 IST
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Inspector General of Police (Konkan region) Parambir Singh is planning to take legal recourse against former commissioner of police Hassan Gafoor, for his remarks that he and other senior officers dithered from "responding to the situation" during the 26/11 attack.

"What Gafoor has said was malicious and incorrect and I will soon take legal action against him for defaming me," said Singh, a former additional commissioner of police.

In an interview to a magazine, Gafoor had said, "A section of senior police officers refused to be on the ground and take on the terrorists. By doing so, they chose to ignore the need of the hour."

Apart from Singh, Gafoor had taken the names of Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deven Bharti, former Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) K L Prasad, and former additional commissioner of police (Southern Region) K Venkateshan.

"I have submitted my role to the Pradhan Committee and I am sure it has been mentioned in their report submitted to the government," Singh said.

Claiming that he was one of the first senior officers to have reached Girgaum Chowpatty after lone surviving gunman Ajmal Kasab was captured, Singh said, "I have been seen on several news channels at Hotel Taj and Oberoi."

Reacting to the charges, Bharti said, "I do not believe in groupism and do not want any certification from anyone."

He further said he did not know what prompted Gafoor to pass such remarks, which were totally uncalled for.

"It is sad that with such remarks, Gafoor is portraying a wrong side of the police force to the nation," Bharti said.

Venkateshan refused to comment stating he has not read the article.
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