Liberhan handed the report to Prime Minister today in the
BABRI MASJID: Can
Muslims give away this place?:
December 6, 1992 was the dreadful day
not just for the Muslims world over but also for the country like
India and the entire humanity. It was the day when a mosque was
demolished and while it was being demolished, the state and the
central government were a mere spectator.....Read
AIMPLB claims CBI
employing delaying tactics:
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) alleged that the
CBI is unreasonably delaying the proceedings of the Babri Masjid
demolition since December 1992. Advocate Abdur Rahim Qureshi,
Assistant General Secretary, AIMPLB stated that the board believes
that the CBI is deliberately holding back the witnesses of the case
from being presented...Read
Seventeen years and 48 extensions later, the Liberhan Commission
probing the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya Tuesday
submitted its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram was
also present when Justice (retd) M.S. Liberhan presented his
commission of inquiry report "set up in connection with the Ram
Janambhoomi - Babri Masjid incident", said a statement issued by the
Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
The report in four volumes with an
extensive set of annexures will now be further processed by the home
Chidambaram told reporters that he had
not yet got the report. "We would comment after getting it. It would
be forwarded to the home ministry during the course of the day."
Liberhan, former chief justice of the
Andhra Pradesh High Court, who had been under attack for taking so
long to complete his investigation, told a TV channel: "I didn't
have any pressure from anybody. We are relieved and independent
The Liberhan Commission got 48
extensions after it was set up within 10 days of the demolition of
the 16th century mosque in Ayodhya on Dec 6, 1992 by Hindu groups.
The demolition triggered widespread communal riots in the country
and led to the loss of many lives.
The panel to investigate what led to
the demolition was to submit its report by March 16, 1993. But it
sought repeated extensions to complete its investigation. The last
three-month extension was given in March this year.
One of the country's longest running
inquiry commissions, it recorded statements of scores of politicians
from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including senior leader L.K.
Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh
Kalyan Singh and now Bharatiya Jan Shakti party chief Uma Bharati.
Several members of the Congress and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
(RSS) were also questioned.
Appointed by former prime minister P.V.
Narasimha Rao to ward off criticism against his government for
having failed to protect the mosque, the commission finished hearing
its last witness Kalyan Singh in August 2005.
The commission has apparently closely
studied the arrangements made on the roof of Ram Katha Kunj from
where top BJP leaders addressed kar sevaks (volunteers) on that
It has also looked at why a stage was set up for them (on the
rooftop) in the first place and that too at a spot a fair distance
away from the place where the Supreme Court permitted the token
pilgrimage to take place.