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Officer, Liberhan on same page

delhi Updated: Mar 26, 2010 23:29 IST
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The deposition by a senior woman police officer in the Rae Bareli special court on Friday that BJP stalwart L K Advani gave a provocative speech at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, reinforces the findings of the Liberhan Commission.

The commission, headed by Justice M S Liberhan, a retired high court judge, in its report made public after 17 years in December last year, named Advani in the list of 68 persons "guilty of leading the nation to the brink of a communal discord."

The commission was set up 10 days after the demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, to probe the sequence and events that led to the demolition.

After being granted 48 extensions and costing Rs 8 crore to the state exchequer, Justice Liberhan had submitted his report on June 30, 2009, to the Prime Minister. It was made public by the government on 24 November last year following the report being leaked in the media.

Gupta was one of the 100 witnesses who had deposed before the commission, and she stuck to her statement before the probe panel in the court also on Friday.

The findings of the commission in its voluminous report support the officer’s statement.

Referring to the developments that took place on the demolition day, the report states: "L K Advani tried to explain the phrases Ram Bhakti and Lok Shakti. This was an attempt to explain a communal and provocative slogan as an innocent slogan by merely substituting words." The report says this on page 758.

"Still, by this substitution, it does not denude the slogans of their potentially provocative nature as is obvious from the use of word Rashtra, which assumes a particular meaning in the context of RSS’s philosophy," the chapter on The Joint Common Enterprise said.

The Liberhan commission report, which was slammed for many factual errors, had come down heavily on top BJP leadership including former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Advani.