Liberhan Report: 68 Indicted, Vajpayee Faulted, Kalyan Blamed Most

The Liberhan Commission report that was tabled in the parliament at noon has not recommended any punitive action against anybody for demolition of disputed Babri structure but calls for a new law to punish people using religion for political ends.

Following tabling of the report, a TV news channel quoted Law Minister Veerappa Moily say that Commission has indicted 68 people for the demolition of the mosque on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya.

In the report, Kalyan Singh, who was chief minister of UP at that time, has received the severest criticism and is accused of posting bureaucrats and police officers who would stay silent during the mosque’s demolition in Ayodhya.

For the destruction, Uma Bharti, Govindacharya, Kalyan Singh and Shanker Singh Vaghela – all of whom were with the BJP then – are held primarily responsible and the report says that they could have prevented the assault.

Report terms senior BJP leaders Atal Behari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi as “pseudo-moderates” and are held intellectually and ideologically responsible for the mosque’s destruction. The report says that they gave false assurances to court, people and the nation.

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