//Ayodhya demolition a well-planned conspiracy: Centre

Ayodhya demolition a well-planned conspiracy: Centre

New Delhi, April. 19 (PTI): After months of delay, the UPA Government today filed its final written submission before the Liberhan Commission accusing the BJP, RSS, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena of having "collaborated and connived" to demolish the disputed structure at Ayodhya in a well-planned manner.

"From the records it is apparently clear that the demolition… was clearly… an act of conspiracy between the State Government held by the then Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, his Cabinet Colleagues, various prominent leaders of BJP and Sangh Parivar including RSS, VHP, Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena and Dharam Sansad etc.," the Centre said.

Prominent BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders accused of "acting in collusion and conspiracy" include L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, K S Sudarshan, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharti, Sadhvi Ritambhara. Several senior officials of the state government have also been named.

The UPA Government’s submission is in sharp contrast to that of its predecessor NDA which had told the Commission that the demolition was a result of a sudden uncontrollable upsurge of karsevaks present at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 and no individual or group was responsible for it.

The 246-page submission, supported by 149 pages of annexures, was filed 23 days after the Commission closed arguments following Centre’s failure to come out with its written response despite several opportunities given to it.

Commission Chairman Justice M S Liberhan adjourned the hearing to May one to enable counsel for other parties to file their objections and hear the Centre’s plea for condoning the delay in filing the document.