Govt to keep Babri alive, review charges
The government on Thursday said chargesheets against those allegedly involved in the Babri Masjid demolition would be re-visited and the source of funds for the movement probed.delhi Updated: Dec 11, 2009 01:12 IST
The government on Thursday said chargesheets against those allegedly involved in the Babri Masjid demolition would be re-visited and the source of funds for the movement probed.
Home Minister P. Chidambaram, replying to a 12-hour debate on the Justice Liberhan Commission report in Rajya Sabha, also said that in case the chargesheets were found to be inadequate, corrective action would be taken.
The debate turned acrimonious towards the end and saw two MPs — BJP’s Vinay Katiyar and SP’s Kamal Akhtar — narrowly escape action for repeatedly disrupting proceedings.
In his hour-long reply, marred with repeated interruptions from BJP MPs, Chidambaram said the Action Taken Report only dealt with the recommendations of the commission’s report. “Please remember there are conclusions — which are the findings of the commission. After studying them, we can decide.”
On the funding, he said: “We will have to examine what action, if any, should be taken, can be taken against people who collected money, transferred money... whose money was it and was it accounted for.”
Earlier, intervening from the government side, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal challenged the BJP to own up the responsibility for the demolition, calling it a national calamity. “Be a man, either say you (BJP) demolished it or apologise,” he said.
“You (BJP) used the name of lord Ram for getting power… there is something called poetic justice. Lord Ram went on a self-imposed exile for 14 years to keep a promise. The people of the country sent you on a 10-year exile,” Sibal said.
“It was not a national joke but national shame that the BJP leadership could not rise to the occasion and say, ‘We are sorry’.”
Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi said that being involved in the demolition was a matter of pride for Shiv Sena then and “I am still proud of that”.