Jharkhand Chief Minister to gift Dhoni pistol if licence cleared

December 9th, 2008 - 6:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Dec 9 (IANS) Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren Tuesday said he would gift Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni a nine mm pistol if the central home ministry clears the application for a special arms licence. “Dhoni’s application seeking a prohibited bore (PB) licence has been forwarded to the union home ministry,” Soren told reporters here.

Dhoni had applied for an arms licence under the prohibited bore (PB) category August, though he already possesses a non-prohibited bore (NPB) licence.

The special licence is issued by the central home ministry at the recommendation of the state government, only in special circumstances to a person having a valid and strong reason.

His application sparked off controversy when the Chhotanagpur region commissioner, Sheela Kisku Rajap asked him to get his character verified from the vigilance, special branch and criminal investigation departments of the police, in view of the rising cases of extremism and terrorism, before his file was moved further.

In response, Ranchi’s Deputy Commissioner Rajiv Arun Ekka had written to Rajap, pointing out Dhoni was “not a person of small stature and does not need investigation into his character”.

After Ekka’s letter, the relevant file was moved forward to the state home department, which sent it to the central home ministry Monday for final clearance.

Dhoni seems unsatisfied with his current level of security, according to his family. Last week, he was without security when he reached Ranchi airport.

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