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Will Liberhan let Advani off the hook?

india Updated: Sep 01, 2007 04:05 IST
Anil Anand

The Justice Liberhan Commission, probing the circumstances leading to the demolition of the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri mosque, is likely to “let off” senior BJP leader L.K. Advani lightly, a CNN-IBN report said.

The panel had early this week got its 41st two-month extension to submit its final findings.

According to CNN-IBN, Advani will not be indicted for being part of the conspiracy that led to the demolition on December 6, 1992, in its 700-page report. “There will be enough reference to the then BJP chief Advani and his role who had spearheaded the rathyatra. But his complicity and involvement will be viewed as indirect. The panel feels it has enough evidence to suggest Advani’s role in the episode, but that was largely peripheral,” the TV channel said.

He cannot even be accused of having instigated or incited the mob of karsewaks. So, in essence Advani is going to escape Justice M S Liberhan’s wrath, it further claimed.

However, sources close to justice Liberhan described the report as “false”. “No such conclusions have been reached so far,” the sources added.

On his part, commission counsel Anupam Gupta said: “I have no knowledge of the contents of such a report. My contact with justice Liberhan in the past few months has been minimal.”

Quoting sources close to the commission, the CNN-IBN

report said the “role of Sangh Parivar leaders will provide enough ammunition to the

Congress” amid rumours of a mid-term poll. It further stated that saffron leaders such as Murli Manohar Joshi, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharati, VHP leaders Ashok Singhal and V H Dalmia and former UP CM Kalyan Singh are likely to be blamed for their “direct involvement” in the demolition.

Even RSS chief K.S.Sudershan’s role may be questioned by the judge in the report. He had deposed before the Commission instead of the ailing Raju Bhaiyya, the channel report stated. Meanwhile, the commission’s counsel Anupam Gupta refused to comment on the contents of the CNN-IBN report. “I am deeply disturbed by this report,” he said.