Liberhan Commission's term extended by two months

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New Delhi, Feb.29 : The term of the Liberhan Ayodhya Commission of Inquiry has been extended by two months upto April 30, 2008.

The Commission is inquiring into the destruction of the Ram Janma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid structure at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992

The commission was constituted on December 16, 1992 by the Home Ministry and wasexpected to submit its report within three months.

The terms and reference of the Commission were as follows:

(i) The sequence of events leading to, and all the facts and circumstances relating to, the occurrences in the Ram Janma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid complex at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 involving the destruction of the Ram Jamma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid structure;

(ii) The role played by the then Chief Minister, Members of the Council of Ministers, officials of the Government of Uttar Pradesh and by the individuals, concerned organisations and agencies in, or in connection with, the destruction of the Ram Jamma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid structure;

(iii) The deficiencies in security measures and other arrangements as prescribed or operated in practice by Government of Uttar Pradesh which might have contributed to the events that took place in the Ram Janma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid complex, Ayodhya town and Faizabad on6th December, 1992;

(iv) The sequence of events leadings to, and all the facts and circumstances relating to, the assault on media persons at ayodhya on 6th December, 1992; and

(v) Any other matters related to the subject of Inquiry.

The one-man panel, one of the country's longest running inquiry commissions, has cost the government Rs.63.60 million till date. JUstice Liberhan is currently writing up his report on the sequence of events leading to the razing of the Babri mosque by Hindu mobs on Dec 6, 1992.

n the 15 years of its proceedings, the commission has recorded statements of several politicians, bureaucrats and police officials including Kalyan Singh, late Narasimha Rao, former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani and his colleagues Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati as well as Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Top bureaucrats and police officials of Uttar Pradesh, the then district magistrate R.N. Srivastava and Senior Superintendent of Police D.B. Roy of Ayodhya also recorded their statements on the demolition.

The original three months of the commission has been extended 18 times since December 16, 1992.

ANI

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