Liberhan Commission gets 46th extension

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New Delhi, Jul 1 (UNI) The term of the Liberhan Ayodhya Commission of Inquiry probing into the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, has been extended by three months up to September 30, 2008.

The Commission headed by justice M S Liberhan was constituted by the then P V Narsimha Rao Government to inquire into the destruction of the Ram Janma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid structure at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

The Centre granted 46th extension to the commission, the tenure of which would have ended yesterday.

The Commission that was supposed to bring out the facts behind the Babri Masjid demolition within three months of it being formed is dragging its investigation endlessly without any report being in sight.

The one man Commission was set up by the PV Narasimha Rao government around 10 days after the sixteen century mosque was demolished. The Commission was initially given three months time to prepare and submit the report. But 14 years down the line, it is still seeking extensions.

It is one of the country's longest running inquiry commissions, which has cost the government approximately Rs 76 million. The commission was meant to unravel why and how the demolition happened and name the larger forces and actors responsible for it.

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