With the arrest of underworld don Chhota Rajan in Bali (Indonesia), a report from Vohra Committee which had the names of politician-underworld nexus has regained focus.
The alleged annexure contains details of the nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and criminals, the Congress has said there is no harm in making these files public.
The Government set up the N. N. Vohra Committee in July 1993 following the Mumbai bomb blasts in March of that year, to take stock of all available information about the activities of the crime syndicates/mafia organisations which had developed links with, and were being protected by Government functionaries and political personalities. The Vohra committee submitted its report in 1993 in the wake of the Bombay blasts taking off all the available information about “the activities of crime syndicates/mafia organizations which had developed links with and were being protected by government functionaries and political personalities.”
But the then Congress-led Central government obtained a stay-order from the Supreme Court in the year 1996 against making annexure to NN Vohra committee report public. The Supreme Court had ruled that it would be “severely and detrimentally injurious” to public interest if annexures to the N N Vohra Committee report, containing details of the alleged nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and criminals, were disclosed.
In 2012, RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal filed a RTI application demanding the full report of the Vohra committee. In an order passed by the then information commissioner Sushma Singh on May 10 2012, she directed the home ministry to provide the annexures to RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal within two weeks.
On June 27, 2012 MHA under Congress Government denied any such annexure being on record.
Now, the main question is if there was no such annexure/s, then how and why the then Central government obtained stay-order against making the said documents public?
Congress now has switched its stand and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh told Times Now, “There is no harm in releasing this report,” while former home minister RPN Singh said “I don’t know about the report but If there is anything to suggest a link between politicians and criminals then action should be taken if any politician or bureaucrat is hand in glove with any terrorist organisation then action must be taken.”
Meanwhile BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said the government will look into the matter and give a structured response. “The Government is sensitive about these matters and there is zero tolerance towards tolerance,” Singh told TIMES NOW.