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CBI to probe funds collected for the Babri Masjid demolition

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The CBI is all set to investigate the flow of funds for the demolition of the Babri Masjid by various Right wing organisations. In the process the CBI is also likely to probe into the roles of at least 10 individuals believed to have executed the demolition plan.

In order to carry forward its investigation process the CBI is also co-ordinating with the Income-Tax (I-T) department and Enforcement Directorate (ED) in order to ascertain the role of people involved in the cash flow and the conspiracy leading to the demolition of the Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992.  The decision to probe the cash flow by the CBI was taken during the recent meet of the officials of the CBI and home ministry to look into the findings of the Liberhan Commission. According to CBI, “We are taking help from the I-T department and ED to probe the ‘cash flow’ that went into the conspiracy to demolish Babri Masjid. Investigations will include donations received by some right wing organisations from the country as well as abroad. If any hawala transactions happened to help this conspiracy would also be included.”

Home ministry also expressed its willingness to the agency’s recommendation that there was a need to investigate the money trail behind the conspiracy that led to the destruction of the Babri Masjid when it handed over the commission’s report to the CBI in November 2009. CBI has indicated that it has got some inputs into the roles of at least 10 people’s involvement. Notably, these 10 people are in addition to those earlier chargesheeted by the CBI and they are L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Sadhvi Rithambhara, Ashok Singhal and Giriraj Kishore.

The Centre has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to re-look into the Liberhan Commission report on the Babri Masjid demolition after the CBI had told the home ministry that it has not found any fresh evidence of the role of persons named by the panel. CBI however agreed to probing the cash fund flow. The Liberhan Commission which submitted its report after 17 years had indicted 68 people including Atal Behari Vajpayee and L K Advani for the demolition of the Babri mosque. The Commission at that point of time also recommended a fresh investigation for which the CBI has expressed its unwillingness.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2011 on page no. 13

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