The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is unhappy over remarks made against it in the Liberhan Commission report.
The report says the board didn’t provide substantive evidence.
“It was in the last stages, almost after a decade, that the counsel for Muslim board joined the proceedings,” the report says. “Although some of the witnesses were cross-examined by the counsel for the Muslim board, with some exception there was no effective participation on behalf of Muslims as a community or otherwise.”
Senior AIMPLB member Maulana Khalid Malhi said the comments were “unfortunate”.
The report also says the Muslim leadership “failed the community and its electorate” in being unable to provide a logical, cohesive and consistent point of view within and outside the courtroom, and protect “the life and property of innocent masses” who got caught in riots after the demolition.
Malhi said the board had been effectively dealing with the cases and it was the government’s responsibility to protect people.
AIMPLB member and All India Babri Masjid Action Committee convenor Zafaryab Jilani said the panel’s remarks were sarcastic and the board would assess their impact.