Issue of extension a matter between Mah Govt, courts: Pasricha

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Nagpur, Feb 26 (UNI) Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) Dr P S Pasricha today said the issue of the extension granted to him was now a matter between the state government and the courts.

Speaking to reporters here, Dr Pasricha flatly refused to comment on the recent ruling of the Bombay High Court, which struck down the state government's decision to grant extensions to him and Mumbai Commissioner of Police D N Jadhav.

''It is a matter between the state government and the courts.

It's not for me to comment on it,'' he remarked.

He would continue to stay and work in Maharashtra after retirement and 'work till the very last,' the DGP said.

Replying to questions, Dr Pasricha said Maharashtra had the greatest risk of terrorist attacks since it was the most progressive state. Mumbai was at risk because it was the country's financial capital, but new growth centres like Nagpur and Pune were also potential targets, he said.

Terrorists aim was to derail the economy and create communal rifts, but they had, fortunately, failed on the second count because of the maturity shown by the people and the restraint exercised by the media, he said.

Asked why Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Subhash Madavi, arrested for his alleged involvement in a case of cheating here last week, had not been placed under suspension yet, Dr Pasricha said action against an officer of such a high rank had to be initiated after verifying all the evidence.

''It cannot be done in a hurry. An enquiry is on, and the papers have been sent to the government. A decision is likely within a week,'' he added.

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