Mumbai, Dec 8: A local court has directed the police to launch a probe into the missing bulletproof jacket of former Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, who was killed by the terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008.
After hearing a complaint filed by a social activist, Mazgaon Metropolitan Magistrate R K Malabade on Monday, Dec 8, ordered the senior inspector of J J Marg police station to investigate the matter and report to the court by Jan 30, 2010.
The court has also asked the police to register First Information Report (FIR) and ascertain out how and when the jacket went missing.
Responding to the complaint filed by the social activist Santosh Daundkar alleging that Karkare was wearing bullet-proof jacket when he was shot dead, the Magistrate noted, “It is a complaint against some unknown accused and hence at this stage following the reply given under the Right to Information Act, 2005, by the police to Ms Kavita, wife of the deceased Karkare, the court is of the opinion that prima facie this is a fit case to carry out investigation."
“After the FIR is lodged, the police would be armed with statutory powers to search, carry out seizures, summon witnesses or arrest offenders," complainant"s lawyer YP Singh has been quoted as saying in news reports.