The Justice M.S. Liberhan Commission report, which probed the Babri Masjid demolition and the events that led to it on December 6, 1992, has held the top leadership of the Sangh outfits “culpable” for leading the country to the brink of “communal discord”.
The one-man panel has, however, absolved the late P.V. Narasimha Rao-led Congress government, which was then in power at the Centre. It has instead blamed the intelligence agencies for the demolition.
“The Central government was crippled by the failure of intelligence agencies to provide an analysis of the situation. It stayed its hand deferring to the Supreme Court which had taken up the matter and was dealing with it by giving appropriate direction,” said the report, tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.
“There was little either (Centre and Supreme Court) could have done to forestall the determination of the perverted guardians of democracy, who were in control in Uttar Pradesh,” the report said.
Justice Liberhan, a former high court chief justice, has slammed saffron leaders, including Atal Behari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi, Bal Thackeray and Ashok Singhal, for their role in demolishing the masjid for “petty political gains”.
In the 1,029 page report, the judge has been particularly severe on then Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh and charged him with lying even before the Supreme Court.
“He (Singh) stood on guard against the possibility of any pre-emptive or preventive action by the Central government or the Supreme Court or the other courts or any other institution.”
He (Singh) and his trusted lieutenants spared no lie before the highest authorities of the land to befool them and to tie their hands with the niceties of our constitutional democracy,” said the probe panel.
It said Singh and Sangh leaders like Singhal, K.S. Sudarshan and Vinay Katiyar, formed a “complete cartel” supported by the icons of the movement like Advani, Joshi and Vajpayee.
Commenting on the style of functioning of the BJP and its sister organisations, the commission has noted that the Sangh Parivar is a “highly successful and corporatised model of a political party”.