New Delhi, 20 April: While welcoming Supreme Court’s verdict in Babri Masjid case, Social Democratic Party of India National President A. Sayeed asserted that, after the 25 years of the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992, the Supreme court could now be able to make an order for the joint trial of all the accused persons named in the two FIRs. The division bench of Supreme Court made very relevant comments regarding the role of CBI in causing the delay in the prosecution of heavy political personalities belonging to BJP and other affiliates of RSS, who obstructed the process to bring the accused persons to justice. The honorable Supreme Court has also commented that there were only technical defects in prosecution of the cases in CBI court. It is to be remembered that the notification of the CBI court was quashed by the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on the ground that notifying the CBI court, the concurrence from the High Court was not ensured. The High court has had further given a liberty to the State government to remove the defects and issue a new notification. Mayavati at that time as Chief Minister refused to issue fresh notification and thereafter the same course was taken by Mulayam Singh Yadav. So out of two cases one case was under trial in CBI court and the other was sent to the criminal court. There after the accused persons started filing cases one after another to keep the proceedings to stand still for the last 25 years.
Sayeed said, now, the Supreme Court has painfully made remark for the snail speed of the case. The Supreme Court has also observed that these defects would have easily been curable but were not cured by the state governments. It is a matter of surprise that during all these years the governments have been formed by the SP or BSP for the most of the time in the state of UP which claim to be most secular in nature and have somewhat been seen opposing the policies of the BJP, but here in the instant case these government have been unruly in favor of BJP. These governments totally failed to discharge the duty to facilitate the proceedings as well as conclusion of the case. Here it is also very pertinent to mention that after filing of Justice Liberhan Commission Report no tangible action has been taken yet in furtherance of the report which has been confined to the dark room of the office of the Central government.
Sayeed reiterated that it is also to keep in our memory that court has fixed a period of two years to conclude the proceedings of the joint trial of the cases. It is duty of the prosecution agencies and the government to monitor that the court is properly assisted to bring the evidence to the recurred so that the proceedings may conclude within the stipulated time. Activists and civil society are also to remain cautious to the role of the prosecution agencies and the progress of the cases so that justice may be ensured. It is a matter of regret that a lot of time has already been lost. Meanwhile six persons among the main accused have died and only 15 remained for the trial, including the one who is presently exempted as he is holding the post of governor.
Sayeed expressed distress and said that it is also a matter of concern that the accused persons who belong to the ruling party in the state as well as at the Center may not be afforded any undue advantage and any of the accused persons including Uma Bharati may be divested from the power and authority of the government during the trial.