Panel clears BJP in church attacks, Moily fumes
Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Saturday accused the BJP government of having "hijacked" the judicial commission that gave a clean chit to the party and Sangh parivar outfits for attacks on churches in Karnataka in 2008 and said a CBI probe should be ordered into the case.
"Ruling BJP has hijacked the commission and had failed to protect minority Christians in the state," Moily said over the findings of BK Somashekara Commission of Inquiry.
In its final report submitted on Friday, the commission had failed to name the organisations involved in the attacks and hence CBI should be entrusted with the probe, he said.
The attacks on churches in seven districts across the state had caused a major embarrassment to the first-ever BJP government in the south barely four months after it assumed office following which the judicial inquiry was ordered.
Speaking to reporters, Moily demanded that Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa should immediately order a CBI probe as "truth cannot be suppressed and a thief is a thief."
"Just because a commission gave a report, truth cannot be buried, it should come out and the state government should make sincere efforts (towards it)," the former Karnataka chief minister said.
Moily said the commission's final report should be read with the interim report and there were contradictions between the two.
"Always any Commission's final report should be taken into account along with the interim report. In this case, it was very clear in the interim report submitted in February 2010 where there was mention about involvement of Bajarang Dal and failure on the part of police and district administrations in discharging their duties," he claimed.
In its report that came as a relief to BJP, the commission had cited circulation of derogatory literature with "insulting attitude" towards Hindus and issues of conversion as the main reasons for the attacks.
It said there was no basis to the apprehension of the Christian petitioners that politicians from BJP, mainstream Sangh Parivar and state government were directly or indirectly involved in the attacks.