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Liberhan panel adjourns hearing on Ayodhya case

The Liberhan Commission adjourned its hearing till April 15 after the Muslim board sought more time to prepare its case.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2004 15:09 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Liberhan Commission of Enquiry probing the events leading to the demolition of the disputed structure in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, on Thursday adjourned its hearing till April 15 after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board sought more time to prepare its case.

"With elections round the corner, we do not want any political party to take advantage of anything we submit. We do not want anyone to be misled by our case either," AIMPLB Counsel Bahar A Barqui told reporters outside the Commission.

The Board also needed time to prepare arguments on its plea that President's Rule could have been imposed in Uttar Pradesh on mere apprehension of danger to law and order, when such apprehension was based on reliable information, he said.

AIMPLB on the last date of hearing, made a scathing attack on both Congress and BJP charging them with "using" Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute for "vote catching" and termed it a "pseudo-religious" attitude.

"Had it been a religious issue, political parties would not have slept on it for 40 years," its counsel Yusuf H Muchhala told the Commission.

First Published: Mar 25, 2004 14:36 IST