New Delhi: Stung by huge embarrassment following goof-ups in the ‘50 most wanted’ terrorists list handed over to Pakistan, the government is now on a damage-control mode. The Union Home Ministry has directed probe agencies across the nation to undertake a thorough review and correction process every three months.

Also, the government is likely to send a revised list of fugitives to Pakistan after a thorough verification. Meanwhile, the Congress admitted that the error in the terror list has been a major embarrassment for the government.

Government officials said the Home Ministry has directed the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Intelligence Bureau and the National Investigation Agency to thoroughly verify the name of terrorists given to Pakistan.

The government which ordered a review of the list simultaneously asked all states, union territories and investigating agencies to update their list of wanted persons every three months and keep the Centre informed in a bid to make it error free.

Speaking on the issue, UK Bansal, Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry said, “The entire list is being reviewed. This is a serious matter, and therefore, enquiry has been initiated against the guilty officials.”

He also said soon the revised list will be handed over to the Pakistan.

CBI to carry out an overhaul of Interpol

Flung into action after the goof-up, the CBI will carry out an extensive overhaul of its Interpol division with an essential quarterly review of the Red Corner List with all states.

A Red Corner Notice issued by Interpol allows all the member countries to arrest a person, against whom it is issued, if spotted in their country. The CBI being the nodal agency for Interpol issues in India, these notices are generaaly issued by it.

CBI had issued an Interpol Red Corner Notice against Khan in 1994 but the notice was not withdrawn even after the agency has got his custody.

Embarrassed with the goof the CBI from its website withdrew the list of accused for whom Interpol Red Corner Notice had been given as those wanted by the agency in connection with other cases. Apart from the Interpol Red Corner Notice, it also includes the list which has the names of the fugitives hidden in the country itself. According to the probe agency, the most wanted list is being thoroughly scrutinised and after its complete review, the list will be made public.

Chidambaram tight lipped

Earlier, after the findings that Wazhur Kamar Khan, whose name had also figured in India's most wanted list handed over to Pakistan, was traced to Mumbai, Home Minister P Chidambaram on last Tuesday gave his clarification over the issue.

Besides it, Chidamabaram had directly held the Mumbai police responsible for the goof-up in the terror list.

However, the Home Minister is tight lipped on the Oppositions demand for his resignation following the latest revelation into the matter.

On the other hand, the goof-ups in the most wanted list have left the Congress red faced. One of the party leaders said, “The Home Minister himself has failed to defend himself, leave aside party supporting Chidambaram on the matter.”

Meanwhile, Party spokesperson Manu Singhvi has held the probe agencies responsible claiming the action on the officials to be sufficient.

JPN/Bureau