26 November, 2020

Hour Of Janus, Part II

Outlook's exposé on Vajpayee's December 5 speech results in an application to summon the ex-PM before the Liberhans panel

Jitender Gupta
Hour Of Janus, Part II
Old speeches can cast long shadows. The publication of a speech made by A.B. Vajpayee on December 5, 1992, the day before the demolition of the Babri mosque, has opened up a can of worms for the ex-PM. The speech had been recorded by intelligence agencies and Outlook had published excerpts from it in the last issue (Hour of Janus, Feb 28).

Now, for the first time in his long and distinguished career, Vajpayee could find himself entangled in a legal web. Moves have begun to include him within the ambit of the Babri demolition probe by the Liberhans Commission and other criminal cases in various courts. Moreover, MPs from the Congress, the Left parties and rjd say they plan to raise the matter during the budget session of Parliament which began on February 25.

On February 24, lawyer O.P. Sharma, counsel for Mohammad Aslam Bhure, the original petitioner in all the Ayodhya cases, moved an...



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