Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has lodged a formal protest with his Karnataka counterpart Sadanand Gowda against the arrest of suspected IM operative Kafeel Akhtar from near Darbhanga. Kumar has called for a legal and administrative action against Karnataka Police officers for their failure to conform to rule of law.
In a strongly worded three-page letter to the Karnataka CM on Saturday,the Bihar CM wrote: You will acknowledge that there should be no apprehension in mind of any visiting police officer of any state about the professional integrity of such senior police officers available at Darbhanga. Hence,the visiting team of officers (from Karnataka) since 5 May 2012 had ample time and opportunity to organise their operation by taking these officers (from Darbhanga) into confidence.
On May 10,Gowda had written to Kumar saying the Karnataka Police had paucity of time to carry operation and hence could not take transit remand.
In a veiled note of caution,the Bihar CM wrote to Gowda: You will appreciate that inappropriate behaviour of these police officers could have led to serious issues of breach of law and order on the one hand and endangered safety and security of these visiting officers themselves on the other.
Nitish,however,clarified that he had nothing to say on contents of FIR lodged in Chinnaswamy Stadium blast and reiterated their common resolve to fight terror within framework of law and established procedures.
Referring to CrPC provisions,Nitish said law says that every person arrested should be forwarded to officer-in-charge of nearest police station. Nitish wondered how the Karnataka Police officers took transit remand from Ranchi court when Kafeel Akhtar was arrested from Barh Samaila village under Keoti police station of Darbhanga on last Sunday.