Political, police circles flummoxed by ‘Rajaram Rege’

May 24th, 2011 - 8:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) “Who is Rajaram Rege, a public relations officer (PRO) in the Shiv Sena?”

This is the question perplexing the Sena, Maharashtra’s political circles, the police and intelligence agencies after Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley claimed in a US court that he had met one fellow named Rajaram Rege.

Shiva Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut promptly denied the existence of any Rajaram Rege or even the post of a PRO (public relations officer) in his party, but promised to inquire in detail.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told the media Tuesday that the state government would seek necessary information from the centre.

“The trial is being conducted in the United States and whatever information needs to be shared, we will get it officially. After we get the necessary inputs, we will decide what needs to be done,” Chavan said.

Rajaram Rege was named by Headley while recording his testimony as a prosecution witness in the trial of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, which began in Chicago’s federal court Monday.

A co-accused in the Mumbai terror attacks along with Tahawwur Rana, a Canadian of Pakistani origin, Headley said he had conducted a reconnaissance of India’s atomic installation, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, near Mumbai and also visited the Shiv Sena offices at Dadar in central Mumbai.

Headley, who is behind bars and has admitted to being one of the planners of the Mumbai attacks, dropped a bombshell by naming a Sena PRO called “Rajaram Rege” before Judge Harry D. Leinenweber conducting the trial.

Raut insisted that the party does not have any post of PRO at any of its offices in Dadar or Nariman Point, but has official spokespersons.

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