//After 14 years, Babri demolition probe panel term extended again

After 14 years, Babri demolition probe panel term extended again

Thursday, June 29th, 2006, India E News

New Delhi – The term of the Liberhan Commission, formed 14 years ago to probe the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya and originally given a mandate of three months, has been extended by another six months now, the government said Thursday.

A home ministry statement said the term of the Liberhan Ayodhya Commission of Inquiry, which is inquiring into the destruction of  Babri Masjid structure at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh on Dec 6, 1992, has been extended up to Dec 31. The term of the commission, led by Justice (Retd) M.S. Liberhan, has been extended numerous times.

The then P.V. Narasimha Rao government, which formed the commission, had stipulated that it completed the inquiry ‘as soon as possible but not later than three months’ and ’submit its report immediately thereafter’.

The commission has summoned numerous witnesses, including former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, Narasimha Rao, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The commission closed the recording of evidence on June 3, 2005, barring an application seeking to summon former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.