International cooperation needed to bring Dawood to book: CBI chief

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New Delhi, Sep 12 (UNI) Criticising the international community for its 'half-hearted' fight against terror, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Vijay Shankar today said only after pressure from all corners comes will global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim face trial in India.

Without naming Pakistan, the CBI chief said everyone knew where Dawood was being ''harboured'' and unless there was international pressure on ''that country'' it would not be possible to make him face trial in India.

''We all know where he is, but the question is whether the world community is willing to fight terror?'' Mr Shankar told the media.

On his part, Interpol secretary general Ronald K Noble who sat next to the CBI chief, said the CBI has been asked to satisfy some Interpol standards on Dawood (against whom there is a Red Corner Notice of the Interpol), which they have agreed upon.

Admitting helplessness in getting RCNs 'enforced', due to no legal sanctity, Mr Noble said they were sent to member countries to merely inform them on fugitives.

''It is very much upto the judicial system of the country concerned on whether it wanted to comply with the arrest warrant or not.'' Accused of having masterminded India's worst terror attack -- the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts -- that killed 257 people and injured over 800 others -- Dawood tops the list of 'India's most wanted' and is labelled as a 'global terrorist' by the United States.

On the alleged detention of Kumaran Padmanathan in Bangkok, Mr Shankar said the CBI had written to the Thailand government to verify reports on his detention.

''We also have learnt about the detention of the accused who is a proclaimed offender and written to Interpol Thailand as well as the Indian mission there to check the veracity of such reports.'' Saying that the 'reports' had yet to come, the CBI chief said no confirmation had reached despite more than 24 hours having passed of his reported detention.

UNI

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