24 November, 2020

A Lawful Deference

December 22 is the next summons. Will justice finally be allowed a complete quorum?

A Lawful Deference

The BJP may have almost jettisoned Kalyan Singh, but the latter is not exactly too keen to outgrow his Hindutva moorings. Speculations, that Kalyan is all set to commemorate December 6-the day Babri Masjid was demolished-by launching out on his own and thus take on the saffron party, are rife.

The question that naturally comes up, therefore, is: has the demolition been relegated to the junkyard of public memory, to be resurrected off and on, only to serve some move of realpolitik? Or is the Babri Masjid demolition case still alive? Seven years after the structure at Ayodhya was pulled down by marauding mobs with complete police connivance, there is little or no headway in the case which has among its accused important functionaries of the NDA government.

Put another way, what could be the status of a case that accuses Union home minister L.K. Advani-among other senior ministers-of being involved in the act of demolition? The status of the case, in which 49 persons of the BJP-VHP-Bajrang Dal-Shiv Sena combine face charges, is going the way most criminal cases in the...



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