Liberhan Commission Report Tabled in Parliament

With matter already having produced much political heat, the Liberhan Commission report on demolition of disputed Babri structure has been tabled in the parliament by the government along with the action taken report (ATR) in the parliament.

Amid uproar from the opposition benches, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram tabled the report in the Lok Sabha. However, its details are still not known because of its limited copies.

The decision to table the report was taken early today in an emergency cabinet meeting over the issue in New Delhi.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, in the absence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is in the US, chaired the meeting attended by his cabinet colleagues including Home Minister P Chidambaram and Defence Minister AK Antony.

As expected, the cabinet tabled the action taken report (ATR) along with the Liberhan report before approving it.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi also went into a huddle with Pranab, Chidambaram and Antony to decide on the government’s next step in view of the brouhaha over the leakage and findings of the politically volatile report.

It may be mentioned that both houses of parliament were rocked over tabling of the report yesterday. The leaked excerpts of the report had indicted, amongst others, BJP’s tallest leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi for the 1992 demolition of Babri Masjid.

The main opposition BJP accused the government of “selectively leaking” the report which is believed to have indicted its top leaders for the demolition of the structure.

Congress had hit back saying the whole nation knows that the BJP had shed “crocodile tears” after its senior functionaries had watched people causing destruction and mayhem.

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