Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis entrusted the probe into the sensational disclosures made by former Union home secretary member RK Singh to additional chief secretary (home) KP Bakshi.
Singh spoke about the Mumbai police’s role in hampering a covert operation to take down Dawood Ibrahim. He said a plan drafted by the central government to target the don failed to take off in 2005.
Speaking to the Times of India, Fadnavis said, “The government will write to Singh to get information on his disclosures. We will probe information revealed by him.”
Fadnavis said on 25 August that it was an allegation and such people should not remain in the police force. Since the chief minister has ordered the probe, it should be time-bound, said a senior bureaucrat.
“Instead of writing to Singh, Fadnavis should depute a senior IAS or IPS officer to secure information from him and from NSA Ajit Doval also. Identity of those IPS officers, who scuttled the operation to nab Dawood, should be the top priority,”’ he said.
A senior Congress leader said the NDA government will have to draft a fresh strategy to nab Dawood. “So far, the Centre was depending on the assistance from rival gangs, but it didn’t work. Now it looks like we will have to take help from anti-Pakistan countries,” he said.