Kolkata: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that the Indian government did not shut its eyes on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim but international relations at times created obstacles.
“On Dawood, I would only say we have not shut our eyes on him. But at times there are obstacles due to international relations,” Singh told reporters.
“On Dawood, I will only say we have not kept our eyes closed,” union Home Minister Rajanth Singh told a media conference at the Press Club here.
“But you know there are some international compulsions due to which there are often some obstacles,” the minister said to questions about Dawood’s extradition from Pakistan.
There was a controversy recently over junior Home Minister Parathibhai Chaudhary’s reply in the Lok Sabha that location of Dawood was unknown and extradition proceedings against him would start once he was traced.
However, Singh then clarified that India has credible information that Dawood is in Pakistan and the central government would not rest till he is brought back.
Pakistan has denied time and again the fugitive’s presence on its soil.
The government recently found itself embroiled in a controversy over its statement that it had no idea where Dawood Ibrahim was.
Later, the Union Home Minister said that the Mumbai blast mastermind was in Pakistan and that it would not “rest” till he was brought back to the country.