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CHAITANYA MARPAKWAR Mumbai

Boss Sharad Pawar recently too home minister R R Patil to task. And now, Julio Ribeiro — the respected former Mumbai police chief — has said that the minister is yet to come to grips with policing matters

, despite being eight years in the saddle.

‘I have no doubts about his personal integrity.

And I donalt39t blame R. R. Patil for everything that is wrong in the home department.

But hes been there for a very long time, yet he doesnalt39t have any understanding of the police force and what is required of the home minister,’Ribeiro told FPJ in a freewheeling chat.

The super cop slammed Patil for his recent move aimed at usurping the power to transfer junior cops; the power was earlier vested with the Director General of Police and the Mumbai Police Commissioner.

‘This is Patils biggest mistake. How can a police chief claim to be the head of his force if he is not able to discipline subordinates and make them accountable? The police subordinate is trained to follow orders.

If he knows that his bosses do not have the powers to discipline him he will not behave himself,’Ribeiro said.

Though Ribeiro defended the NCP leader by categorically stating that he wasnalt39t known to be corrupt and that he had no doubts about his personal integrity, he pointed out that Patil seems to be succumbing to political pressure.

‘He doesnalt39t understand his job, and I suppose he wants to please his political masters and colleagues. But this canalt39t be done in a manner that makes a mockery of the police hierarchy. Over the years he has encouraged corrupt officer by putting them in pivotal positions instead of punishing them. I have even sent him names of these officers but he hasnalt39t taken any action,’Ribeiro added.

After the recent bomb blasts in Pune, Pawar had come down heavily on the department, saying that all was not well and there was lack of coordination at all levels.

Pawar had observed that there was complete failure of the intelligence- gathering network and law- enforcing agencies had not learned lessons from 26/ 11 and subsequent blasts in the state. Despite the fact

I have no doubts about his personal integrity. And I donalt39t blame RR Patil for everything that is wrong in the home department. But hes been there for a very long time, yet he doesnalt39t have any understanding of the police force and what is required of the home minister’JULIO RIBEIRO, Former Mumbai Police Commissioner

that Mumbai and Pune have been targets of terrorists, Patil was unable to install a CCTV network, procure bulletproof jackets, total containment vehicles and bomb disposal suits.

alt145 Patil dithers on taking action against senior copsalt39Calling it one of Patils major drawbacks and the prime reason for his losing grip of the home department, Ribeiro said that failure to take stringent action against corrupt and incompetent officers was Patils biggest faults.

‘He has accommodated many corrupt and incompetent officers as a result of which we have come to this pass. He should remember that a political party isnalt39t running the police force. It is a professional organization that has to be run by professional policemen not politicians,’Ribeiro pointed out.

He added that even after repeated complaints and controversies, some top cops are still firm in the saddle as the home minister has dithered on taking action against them.

alt145 Real culprits should be bookedalt39On last weeks mob riots at Azad Maidan, Ribeiro, who successfully tackled the insurgency in Punjab, said that the real culprits needed to be booked. ‘The police were not prepared adequately. In general, the intelligence gathering apparatus of the police has weakened. The real culprits, who created mischief, should be booked and not just the foot soldiers. The police were caught unawares but now they must show some results. The human element in intelligence gathering is missing these days,’the former CP said