The senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Anju Gupta on Friday told the Raibareli court, hearing the Babri Masjid demolition case, that threat perception from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was discussed at a meeting of Inspector General (IG) zone (Lucknow) Ak Saran on December 5, 1992.
During inconclusive cross-examination Anju Gupta said that a day before the demolition IG Saran held a meeting in Faizabad in which the possibility of threat from ISI was also discussed. Anju said it was feared that Pakistani agents might mingle with local people to create trouble.
Anju Gupta was then posted as circle officer Lines and on December 6 she was deployed in the security of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani.
On March 26 last year Anju told the court that BJP and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders AK Advani, Dr MM Joshi, Ashok Singhal, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharati, Pramod Mahajan, Vishnu Hari Dalmia, Acharya Dharmendra Deo, SC Dixit, Sadhvi Rithambhara and others who were then at the dais, were all very happy when the mosque was being brought down.
They were celebrating and distributing sweets at the dais, Anju said and added they were embracing each other.
Today’s cross-examination was on behalf of Uma Bharati and Sadhvi Rithambhara by defence counsel Har Datta Sharma in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Gulab Singh.
The CJM has fixed April 29 as the next date of hearing. Supreme court advocates MS Ahluwalia and Vimal Kumar Srivastava assisted Sharma.
Anju Gupta, who is the ninth CBI witness, said she was not under any pressure to give her statement. An officer of District Inspector General (DIG) rank Anju is at present posted in Prime Minister's office.
Initially replying to some personal questions she said her husband, Shafi Ahsan Rizvi, IPS, was Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in Union Home Ministry. When Sharma wanted to establish that because of these benefits Anju Gupta was making convenient statements in the case on behalf of CBI she emphatically denied the charge.
Anju further said she was not concealing anything because she had no benefit from it. Anju was firm in her view that threat to Babri Masjid was from the Karsevaks.
When asked why her statements given to CBI and CBCID differed from each other, Anju said she had given statement to both the agencies on the demolition of Babri mosque. She said the statement given by her was not read out to her nor at that time she had asked the probe agencies to read them out.
Anju said she did not know which of her statement was used by the agencies in which court. She said only the Investigation Officer of the probe agency could point out the definite position regarding the use of statement.
Sharma reminded her about the statement on March 26 in the court that even police vehicles were allowed to move by Karsevaks when they responded the slogan of 'Jai Shree Ram'. Anju said even though she faced such problem once she did not respond to the slogan.
When Sharma asked if it was a hindrance in her government duty and if she took any action, Anju said she warned them and took up the matter with Faizabad SSP DB Rai.
On behalf of CBI Supreme Court, advocate PK Chaube, and RK Saini were present in the court.