26/11 twin lists: too many names,too many aliases

The Bombay High Court on Friday expressed dissatisfaction on the jumbo-size of the State Security Council,set up after the 26/11 attacks.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:March 14, 2009 2:57 am

HC: Jumbo security panel a joke

The Bombay High Court on Friday expressed dissatisfaction on the jumbo-size of the State Security Council,set up after the 26/11 attacks.

Saying that such a large council,which has 66 members,was a “joke” and would be “unmanageable”,the court asked the government to take a fresh look into how many members must be part of it.

The court also sought a reply,within two weeks,as to how the recommendations of the council have been implemented so far.

The court had on Thursday asked what the “great committee” was doing and whether they had met even once after the attacks.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice D Y Chandrachud,hearing PILs filed by Indian Society of Law Firms and others regarding the terror attack,had asked the state government what preventive steps had it taken in the aftermath of the attack.

The court had also sought to know if action had been taken against any officers for negligence of duty.

Public Prosecutor Satish Borulkar had asked the court for some time following which the matter was posted for hearing today. Borulkar had earlier informed the court that the government had proposed to set up an elite ‘Force One’ on the lines of NSG in the city.

On Friday,when the government informed the court that the SSC had been expanded to 66 members from 23,the Chief Justice said,“It’s a joke. It will be unmanageable.”

“There was no need to include 66 persons in the SSC. As if they don’t have anything else to do…” Chief Justice remarked.

Justice Chandrachud also expressed concern on what would happen to 50 years of industrial development in the city if another attack were to happen. Justice Chandrachud also said the government should not just focus on Mumbai,as neighboring cities like Nashik and Pune are evolving their own industrial belts. “Pune,Nashik and other areas,not just Mumbai,will have to be equipped to fight terrorists,” Justice Chandrachud said.

When the court was informed that various sub-groups within the SSC have been formed,the chief justice remarked that they were in fact adding to the problem. The hearing has been adjourned for two weeks.

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