New Delhi: The report of the Liberhan Commission, which investigated into the circumstances leading to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, is expected to be tabled in Parliament on December 21, 2009 – the last day of the month-long Winter Session.
The commission’s report will be made public along with an Action Taken Report (ATR).
The Liberhan Commission, headed by Justice M S Liberhan, had submitted its report to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on June 30, 2009 – the last day of the commission’s 48th extension – in the presence of Home Minister P Chidambaram.
The report was subsequently sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for “further action.”
Home Minister Chidambaram had announced in June 2009 that the Liberhan Commission report would be tabled in Parliament within 6 months.
Whatever the contents of the Liberhan Commission’s report are, there will be an uproar either by the UPA and Left parties, or if it goes against them, by the BJP and its allies. BJP and its parent organisation the RSS have consistently denied that it was a spontaneous action by the mob, and there was no planning involved. Whatever the truth is, very few believe that the truth about what happened and who was responsible would be finally made clear by the report. Even the Congress has some skeletons in its cupboards, due to the actions – or inaction – of the then-Congress Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, wh is believed by many to be too trusting of the RSS.
The contents of the Liberhan Commission Report have so far not been divulged. Justice Liberhan was accused of going slow as well as being too soft on certain political leaders during the course of the commission’s investigation.
According to political observers, the Liberhan Commission Report could have far-reaching political implications vis-à-vis role the role of some of the leaders of the Sangh Parivar in the Babri Masjid demolition.
Sources in the Union Home Ministry said that the Action Taken Report (ATR) was being finalised and that it would submitted in Parliament along with the Liberhan Commission Report.
It is mandatory that the government should submit the Action Taken Report within 6 months of receiving a commission report. The deadline for the ATR regarding the Liberhan Commission Report is December 31, 2009.
The Liberhan Commission had recorded statements of a number of top political leaders, including those of L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh, and Uma Bharti, in addition to senior officials of the government of Uttar Pradesh.
The Liberhan Commission, set up on December 16, 1992, was initially asked to submit a report within 3 months.
However, the commission could submit a report only after over 16 years, and following a total of 399 sittings.
The Union Government spent around Rs 9 crore on the Liberhan Commission, including on salary.
Meanwhile, security will be tightened in Maharashtra in connection with the tabling of the Liberhan Commission Report in Parliament, especially in areas that are communally sensitive.
It may be recalled that the demolition of the Babri masjid on December 6, 1992, had led to communal riots in Mumbai in December 1992 and then in January 1993 in which the Shiv Sena and its leaders are believed to be involved in. These riots had, in turn, triggered a series of retaliatory bomb blasts by the underworld in Mumbai, in which over 180 people had lost their lives.
Hence the Home Ministry of Maharashtra is taking no chances, and is beefing up security in the state as well as presence of police on the streets, a source of the Home Ministry said.