- On 29.07.1993, Ottavio Quattrocchi, an Italian businessperson who acted as a conduit for bribes in the Bofors scandal, managed to escape from India because of the unwillingness on the part of the GOI to take timely action despite having adequate prima facie evidence against him in the matter. On two more occasions in 2006 and 2007, the GOI intervened to let him completely off the hook.
- On 22.12.1995, Kim Davy, who was instrumental in air-dropping a large consignment of AK-47 rifles, pistols, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and thousands of rounds of ammunition in Purulia district of West Bengal on 17.12.1995, was allowed to escape from the Mumbai airport despite the Indian Air Force managing to force-land the aircraft in which he was travelling. Since then, Kim Davy, who has actively aided and abetted terrorist activities in India, has found a safe haven in Denmark and the GOI – other than pretending that it is seeking Kim Davy’s extradition to India – has done little to mount pressure on the Government of Denmark to hand-over the terrorist to India.
- Peter Bleach, co-accused in the same Purulia arms-drop case, who was arrested by the police at the Mumbai airport on 22.12.1995 and who was subsequently sentenced to life-imprisonment, was granted Presidential pardon at the behest of the British Government and was allowed to leave the country on 04.02.2004. As to why the British Government had come to the defense of a terrorist and as to why the GOI was lenient enough to let go a terrorist, who was caught red-handed while aiding and abetting terrorism in India, are matters that require serious introspection.
- Based on an undertaking by the French Government on 06.01.1998, the two French nationals Francois Clavel and Elle Philippe, who were arrested in 1996 off the coast of Kochi as accused in the Ocean survey espionage case, were allowed to leave the country on the condition that they would return to India by 10.05.1998. Although the French Government has reneged on the undertaking for the last fifteen years, the GOI is yet to take the French Government to task for failing to ensure the return of the said two accused French nationals to India to stand trial.
- On 14.05.2004, Rabinder Singh, a Joint Secretary in the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW – the external intelligence agency of the Government of India) and who was suspected to be a CIA mole in RAW, managed to escape to the U.S. reportedly with copies of several sensitive documents. The GOI has till date not exerted any pressure on the U.S. Administration to handover the traitor, who has compromised India’s security.
- On 16.07.2012, an Indian fisherman was killed and three other Indian fishermen were injured when without any provocation their fishing boat was fired upon by guards aboard a U.S. Naval ship just off the coast of Dubai. The GOI had done little to hold the U.S. Government responsible for the mindless crime and to take necessary action accordingly.
- Although, as per the U.S. Court verdict of 24.01.2013, David Headley was found guilty of playing a key role in masterminding the Mumbai terrorist strike of 26.11.2008, the GOI has not exerted sufficient pressure on the U.S. Government to handover the terrorist to India. The GOI is reluctant to raise the obvious question as to why the U.S. Government is intent on shielding Headley and shying away from extraditing him to India if the U.S. Government has nothing to hide regarding the 26/11 Mumbai attack.
The statement was issued by Abdul Jabbar Khan, Convener, BGPMUS & N.D.Jayaprakash