Demolition of Babri Masjid

Demolition of Babri Masjid

CDRO statement on Babri judgement

CO-ORDINATION OF DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS ORGANISATION(CDRO)

Press Release

6th October 2020

CBI has proved itself to be an obedient agency in the hands of the
Central government,  like a caged parrot

CDRO resents the recent judgement on the criminal case relating to the
demolition of the Babri Mosque. The judgement acquitted all the 32
prime accused apparently due to want of evidence.  CBI court noted
that though the investigation agency had investigated the case, they
could not produce clinching evidence against these prime accused.

However, it is a common knowledge and was in all the newspapers in
1992 that the historic structure was demolished by the communally
divisive Hindutva  forces led by rightwing political leaders. L. K.
Advani,  Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharathi, Sadhvi Rithambara and
several others were in the forefront of the mobilisation of Karsevaks
and whipping up passions of Hindu chauvinism  for months before the
actual destruction took place in December 1992. How can one forget
Advani’s Rath Yatra program which, before it was stopped in Bihar, had
spread communal venom and leaders like Rithambara had urged people to
demolish the structure brick-by-brick, ” Ek dhakka aur do, Babri
Masjid tor do [Give one more push, bring down Babri Masjid].” ? Thus,
it comes as a surprise when the judgement finds no communal
conspiracy.

It is worthwhile remembering what Liberhan Commission had noted. ‘The
Liberhan Commission stated about the demolition:

“The preparation was accomplished with phenomenal secrecy, was
technically flawless with consistency and assured results…. The
theme was power. It attracted clusters of young men to support the
hidden agenda. Leaders know how passions are aroused and how to
prevent the same; they however always see what would be beneficial to
them rather than what would be good for the nation. This is what
happened in Ayodhya.” (Wikipedia page)’. In its report, the commission
had blamed the Sangh Pariwar and the RSS of financing and executing
the demolition of the disputed structure.  “The theory or the claim
made by the leaders of the movement or the icons, from political or
social organisations, does not carry conviction to conclude that the
demolition was carried out by the karsevaks spontaneously out of sheer
anger or emotions,” Liberhan had concluded. (Huffington Post,
01/10/2020).

Time and again, CBI has proved itself to be an obedient agency in the
hands of the Central government. It is like a caged parrot which
utters what it is expected to say.  That the prime accused would be
released without any punishment was not a surprise for the public at
large after the decision by the Supreme Court handing over the land
where the mosque stood to the Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi trust, even
though it did not fail to declare that the criminal act of
the vandalization of the mosque had taken place.

The present decision to release all 32 as not being part of the criminal
act of vandalism is just a mockery of the system of criminal justice
and the failure of the CBI in producing enough material for the
pre-planned vandalism. It is nothing but a criminal act of negligence
in violation of the principles and values cherished and upheld by the
constitution.

CDRO insists that the acquittal of the prime accused is more a
political ploy by the CBI succumbing to the political heads,  to which
the judicial officers have fallen prey thus ending up with a judgement
that would stand to bring down further the already falling  image of
judiciary.

CDRO insists that the judgement has to challenged in higher courts and
justice restored at least until punishing the vandalised for the
criminal act of trespass and damage of place of worship.

K.Kranthi Chaitanya, Prit Pal Singh, Tapas Chakraborty and V. Raghunath
(Coordinators of CDRO)

Constituent Organisations: Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR,
Punjab), Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR, West
Bengal); Asansol Civil Rights Association, West Bengal; Bandi Mukti
Committee (West Bengal); Civil Liberties Committee (Andhra Pradesh);
Civil Liberties Committee (Telangana); Committee for Protection of
Democratic Rights (Maharashtra); Committee for Protection of
Democratic Rights (CPDR TamilNadu); Coordination for Human Rights
(Manipur); Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (Assam); Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights; Peoples’ Committee for Human Rights (Jammu and Kashmir); Peoples Democratic Forum (Karnataka); Jharkhand Council for Democratic Rights (Jharkhand); Peoples Union For Democratic Rights (Delhi); Peoples Union for Civil Rights (Hariyana), Campaign for Peace & Democracy in Manipur, Delhi; Janhastakshep (Delhi)

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