AIMPLB meet to take up Babri Masjid demolition case
The Babri Masjid demolition issue is likely to dominate the proceedings of executive committee meeting of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in Aurangabad on June 6.
The issue has assumed significance in view of May 21 decision of Lucknow bench of High Court giving relief to senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Kalyan Singh and other leaders. The bench upheld the Lucknow CBI court order dropping criminal proceedings against these leaders.
The board has thus planned to pressure the Congress-led UPA government to direct CBI to move Supreme Court on the issue. The senior advocate and AIMPLB executive committee member Zafaryab Jilani told Hindustan Times on Wednesday the CBI should move the apex court in the matter. He said so far the role of the CBI had not been good in Babri Masjid demolition case.
Another board member Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli said that those responsible for the demolition of the masjid should be booked under the law.
Jilani also asked the state government to issue fresh notification clubbing two demolition cases pending in Rai Bareli and Lucknow. While conspiracy case involving BJP leaders is pending in special court Rai Bareli, demolition case against Karsevaks is held up in Lucknow court.
Senior IPS officer Anju Gupta deposing before Rai Bareli court in conspiracy case has already said that BJP and VHP leaders AK Advani, Dr MM Joshi, Ashok Singhal, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharati, Pramod Mahajan, Vishnu Hari Dalmia, Acharya Dharmendra Deo, SC Dixit, Sadhvi Rithambhara and others were then at the dais in Ayodhya. Anju said they were all very happy when the mosque was being brought down. They were celebrating and distributing sweets at the dais, Anju said and added they were embracing each other.
Thus one-day Aurangabad meeting is scheduled to chalk out action plan on the issue. During annual general session in March 2010, the Board had thoroughly reviewed the progress in the two cases- civil suit in Lucknow High Court and two criminal cases – and had expressed displeasure over inordinate delay in criminal cases. The CBI took nine years for the revision petition to be decided by the court, Jilani said and added the probe agency had failed to expedite the case.
In the light of Liberhan Commission report nailing the senior BJP leaders the board has already demanded inclusion of the names of these leaders in criminal conspiracy. The board said the commission had provided enough material against the BJP leaders.