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Cabinet meet over Liberhan Report leak; early tabling likely

india Updated: Nov 24, 2009 01:43 IST

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The Union Cabinet has been summoned for an unscheduled meeting on Tuesday morning before the start of Parliament's day's sitting, strengthening speculation that the government may be pushed to tabling the Liberhan Commission report on Babri Masjid demolition.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will chair the meeting in the absence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is in the US.

There was speculation in political circles that with a large chunk of the report already in public domain, the government, which had originally intended to table the report about a month later, may advance it now.

Government earlier in the day today indicated the possibility of tabling of the report in Parliament earlier than expected without adequate copies of the voluminous document.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal said a meeting of the union cabinet was necessary before tabling the report, as the Action Taken Report has to get the cabinet's nod.

Deputy Leader of BJP in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj suggested the opposition would have no objection if government only tabled the English version and gave a time frame for tabling the Hindi version later.

The leakage of the Commission's report rocked Parliament today and Home Minister P Chidambaram assured the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha that the report would be tabled in the current session of the House which concludes on December 21.