The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said
that the community cannot forgive the Congress and the then Prime
Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao for the demolition of the Babri Masjid
in Ayodhya in December 1992.
This was stated to mediapersons by
AIMPLB spokesperson Abdur Rahim Quraishi here on Sunday. He said the
Congress and Rao “cannot be absolved of responsibility” for the
Quraishi also said the AIMPLB was
dissatisfied with the Centre’s Action Taken Report (ATR) on the
Liberhan Commission’s recommendations.
Referring to row over naming of former
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the report, Quraishi said,
“logically”, he too was responsible.
However, despite the AIMPLB’s
reservations over the ATR, the board said the report was “factually
correct and sound”. The AIMPLB has decided to meet Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P. Chidambaram to demand proper
implementation of the ATR.
Quraishi said that in the light of
findings of the Liberhan Commission, the CBI should be asked to
reopen the conspiracy cases so that the roles of some more people,
including government officers, can be investigated. He said the
civil and criminal cases pending in Lucknow and Rae Bareli courts
should be expedited. The board said in its resolution that a fresh
first information report should be filed on the basis of material
collected by the commission.
'Why clean chit to
Other than not indicting former prime
minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, the All India Muslim Personal Law
Board (AIMPLB) also said it saw nothing wrong with the Liberhan
Commission report on the demolition of the Babri mosque.
Speaking at the conclusion of a
day-long meeting of the board's executive here, AIMPLB secretary
general Abdul Rahim Quraishi told media persons: "We do not see the
Liberhan Commission report as politically motivated. However, what
the commission should not have done was giving a clean chit to
former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee."
"Vajpayee should have been summoned by
the commission, but even if it did not do so, Vajpayee could not
absolved of his collective responsibility as he was the tallest
leader of the party that masterminded the demolition of the Babri
The Muslim panel was, however, opposed
to the proposed Prevention of Communal Violence Act.
"The draft bill, in its existing form,
is full of lacunae and would only end up leaving Muslims at the
receiving end, as it bestows unbridled powers on the local
administration and the police who were generally biased towards
Muslims," Quraishi alleged.
"What was quite surprising was that
the draft bill has no provision for action against those who
instigate violence, as also against those involved in conspiring
violence and it tends to rope in only those who were found to be
indulging in actually violence, thereby allowing the masterminds to
have a free run," he said.
"What was also strange was that the
bill appears to take cognizance only of acts of violence like arson,
murder or rioting only after such acts were committed... there was
no provision for taking suitable action to prevent such acts," he
The AIMPLB has resolved to meet United
Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Law Minister
Veerappa Moily "to draw their attention to the glaring anomalies and
pitfalls in the bill".
According to Quraishi, the bill
requires several amendments and would not be acceptable to Muslims
in its present form.
The board proposes to mobilise various
Muslim organisations across states to stage demonstrations against
the provisions of the bill.
On the Babri Mosque front, the board
demanded clubbing of all criminal cases pending before two courts in
Lucknow and Rae Bareli.
"Besides, the cases of criminal
conspiracy that were dropped against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
leader LK Advani and seven others ought to be revived in the wake of
the Liberhan Commission report, which clearly indicts Advani,"
"The case relating to title of the
land on which the Babri Masjid stood until it was pulled down on Dec
6, 1992, should be expedited by the Allahabad High Court, where it
had been pending for decades," he added.
He said the AIMPLB also strongly
suggests the need for "using evidence gathered by the Liberhan
Commission in all other criminal cases pending before courts with
respect to the Ayodhya mosque demolition".