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Liberhan Commission term extended

Source: PTI
September 30, 2005 18:39 IST
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The term of the Liberhan Commission, probing the Babri Masjid demolition, has been extended by three months till December 31.

The commission's term which had been extended several times was to expire on Friday, a Home ministry spokesman said.

The commission, headed by Justice (retd) M S Liberhan, which was constituted within a fortnight of the demolition of the disputed Ram Janma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid structure at Ayodhya has been inquiring into the sequence of events leading to its destruction on December 6, 1992.

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

However, later on request of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, during whose tenure the structure was razed, was given another opportunity clear his stand.

Singh had evaded appearance before the commission for more than 11 years by filing a writ in the Allahabad High Court which was later transferred to the Delhi High Court.

Singh, a key witness, had contended that his deposition before the commission would prejudice his criminal case pending before the CBI court in the state. However, after the writ became anfractuous, summons were issued against him by the commission forcing him to appear before it.

In more than 12 years of proceedings, the commission has recorded statements of several politicians, bureaucrats and
police officials.

Also Read: The Ayodhya dispute

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