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Monday, December 21, 2009 01:58:16 PM, Agencies

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Lucknow: 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 demolition.


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 Vajpayee'

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 Mosque."


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 added.


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," Quraishi said.


"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".







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