26/11 terror attacks: Mumbai court to hear plea challenging state information commission's order


26/11 terror attacks: Mumbai court to hear plea challenging state information commissions order

Mumbai : The Bombay high court is likely to hear on Thursday a plea filed by the Maharashtra government challenging a 2014 order passed by the state information commission (SIC) directing an inquiry against officials of the Mumbai police, including former police commissioner Rakesh Maria, over alleged discrepancies in the 26/11 call records.
During the previous hearing, a bench led by Justice Naresh Patil sought a response from the commission on the state's appeal.
The government has challenged a July 2014 order passed by the then state chief information commissioner (CIC) Ratnakar Gaikwad directing the government to institute an inquiry headed by a sitting or retired judge under the Commission of Inquiry Act to probe why Vinita Kamte, wife of slain ACP Ashok Kamte was provided with "misleading information" when she had sought the call data records of the police control room on the night of the terror attacks on November 26, 2008.
The government, however, argued in HC that the CIC does not have the powers to issue an inquiry, but can only make recommendations.
Kamte claimed the call records given to her by the police were fake and did not match with the original call data records submitted by the police before the trial court that had been hearing the terror attacks case.
The bench, however, questioned whether the state had the locus standi to file the appeal, and whether the officers who were facing the inquiry shouldn't approach the court individually.

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