Hearing of evidences by Liberhan completed
Milli Gazette Online
New Delhi: Liberhan Commission, which was appointed by the central government in December 1992 to enquire into the circumstances leading to demolition of Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992, completed its hearing of this case on 3 June after recording the statements of last witness, Kalyan Singh, former chief minister of UP. However, evidences of two more witnesses, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani are still pending about which the Commission has not yet taken any decision. Though L.K. Advani has appeared on earlier occasions also before this Commission he was further required to record his evidences. The Commission will now be submitting its report sometime at the end of this year.
This will be a voluminous report because the Commission has been recording evidences of hundreds of persons for more than 12 years. Justice M.S. Liberhan said that this will be a ‘speaking report’. Some of the important persons who deposed before the Commission were former prime ministers PV Narasimha Rao and V.P. Singh, L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Ms Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and others. About the deposition of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani again, Justice Liberhan said that he will decide later on. Legal experts think that if the Commission decides to record the evidences of both these leaders, it will take another year or so to finalise the report.
The terms of this Commission had in fact expired much earlier but it was given extension. The extended period now expires on 30 June. Justice Liberhan said that if the witnesses want to submit any other document in support of their earlier statements they can do so up to 25 June.
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