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Anju's deposition to help prosecution: Jilani

india Updated: Mar 26, 2010 19:15 IST
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Anju's deposition to help prosecution: JilaniThe member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and senior advocate Zafaryab Jilani welcoming the statement of IPS officer Anju Gupta in Rai Bareli court in Babri Masjid demolition, said it would strengthen the prosecution case.

Jilani told HT on Friday that her deposition would be of great value in the court of law and more details about the provocative speeches by the BJP leaders would come during her cross-examination.

Demanding day-to-day hearing in the case Jilani said the case should be expedited, as it had been pending for the past 17 years. The CBI had filed chargesheet in the case in 1993. He said the CBI should approach the High Court for the speedy disposal of the case in the lower court.

Jilani said since Anju Gupta was security officer of LK Advani in Ayodhya her presence was natural and her deposition was impartial.

"It would carry a lot of weight", he said.

Jilani said Liberhan commission, had not only indicated about conspiracy in the demlolition, but had also identified 65 people and the CBI should include them in the FIR.

The member AIMPLB and Naib Imam Eidgah Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahli Maulana Khalid Rashid said Anju Gupta's statement would increase faith of people into country's judicial system.

He said all those involved in the conspiracy should also be punished. Senior Advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Siddique, who is also dealing with Babri Masjid cases, hailing the statement said her fear-free statement would strengthen democracy in the country.

Samajwadi Party state president, Akhilesh Yadav said that the IPS officer's statement had vindicated party's stand on the issue.

"We had been screaming for years that the demolition was well-led, deliberate, well thought out, planned and executed. We still call it Babri Masjid instead of calling it a 'disputed structure'. Bharatiya Janata Party and associates did criminal act. They divided Hindu-Muslims on Babri Masjid," he said and added "the officer's statement should help to nail those guilty".

However the BJP state unit chief Ramapati Ram Tripathi refusing the join the issue publically said the party would put up its case before the court.