Centre to file reply on PIL seeking awards for 26/11 heroes

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New Delhi: The Central ministry on Wednesday sought time from the Bombay High Court to file an additional affidavit in reply to a PIL demanding Ashok Chakra as well as gallantry awards for officers of various agencies who had fought terrorists during the 26/11 attacks in the city. A bench of justices P V Hardas and Shalini Phansalkar- Joshi, hearing the PIL filed by activist Ketan Tirodkar, allowed the Centre to file an additional affidavit by the second week of June.

The Centre earlier informed it had rejected a proposal sent by Maharashtra government to confer Ashok Chakra, India’s top peacetime military honour, and gallantry awards on fire brigade personnel who risked their lives in fire-fighting operations during the three-day terror siege in November 2008.The state government had recommended the name of Inspector Steven Mathews Anthony, besides 18 others of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), for police medals.

However, the Centre did not consider the names of some of the officers involved in anti-terror operations for Ashok Chakra as well as other gallantry awards and did not give any reason for doing so. The petitioner today said the government had filed two affidavits earlier and it should not be allowed to file a third one.

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