Moily flays BJP govt; seeks CBI probe into church attacks

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Bangalore, Jan 29 (PTI) Union Law Minister M VeerappaMoily today accused the BJP government of having "hijacked"the judicial commission that gave a clean chit to the partyand Sangh parivar outfits for attacks on churches in Karnatakain 2008 and said a CBI probe should be ordered into the case.

"Ruling BJP has hijacked the commission and had failedto protect minority Christians in the state," Moily said overthe findings of B K Somashekara Commission of Inquiry.

In its final report submitted yesterday, thecommission had failed to name the organisations involved inthe attacks and hence CBI should be entrusted with the probe,he said.

The attacks on churches in seven districts across thestate had caused a major embarrassment to the first-ever BJPgovernment in the south barely four months after it assumedoffice following which the judicial inquiry was ordered.

Speaking to reporters, Moily demanded that ChiefMinister B S Yeddyurappa should immediately order a CBI probeas "truth cannot be suppressed and a thief is a thief."

"Just because a commission gave a report, truth cannotbe buried, it should come out and the state government shouldmake sincere efforts (towards it)," the former Karnataka chiefminister said.

Moily said the commission''s final report should beread with the interim report and there were contradictionsbetween the two.

"Always any Commission''s final report should be takeninto account along with the interim report. In this case, itwas very clear in the interim report submitted in February2010 where there was mention about involvement of Bajarang Daland failure on the part of police and district administrationsin discharging their duties," he claimed.

In its report that came as a relief to BJP, thecommission had cited circulation of derogatory literature with"insulting attitude" towards Hindus and issues of conversionas the main reasons for the attacks.

It said there was no basis to the apprehension of theChristian petitioners that politicians from BJP, mainstreamSangh Parivar and state government were directly or indirectlyinvolved in the attacks.

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