While maintaining that it was not fair on the part of an officer (former R&AW chief A S Dulat) to write on the IC-814 hijack over 15 years after it happened, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav Sunday admitted lack of coordination between the Crisis Management Group (CMG) and the PMO. He said the CMG was not kept informed about the deliberations at the PMO.
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Yadav, who was the Civil Aviation Minister at the time of the hijack, was a member of the CMG headed by Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani. He said although the CMG was set up to take decisions with regard to the hijacked plane, the decision-making was done at the PMO.
Yadav said he had met then Prime Minister A B Vajpayee and suggested that the Airports Authority of India should be directed to block the runway (at Amritsar) with trolleys. He said his contention was that the plane should not be allowed to fly out of India “under any circumstances.” However, there was no agreement on this suggestion and the plane took off, he said.