25 October, 2020

'I'll Go To Jail If It Comes To That'

Union home minister L.K. Advani, the most prominent of the three central ministers chargesheeted in the Ayodhya demolition case, defends himself in an interview with Ishan Joshi. Excerpts:

'I'll Go To Jail If It Comes To That'

The Vajpayee government has been accused of lacking the political will to pursue the Ayodhya demolition case...

There does not appear to have been substantial movement in the case but then that is the legal process taking its course. As the prime minister has put it, there has been no interference. The law will take its own course. But I can tell you that I am completely innocent and that this is a blatantly false charge. Certainly, I led a political movement on the Ayodhya issue, which I believe was a valid endeavour. But as far as the demolition is concerned, and I said this in an article I wrote from jail a couple of weeks after December 6, '92, it was the saddest day of my life. And I am accused of conspiring to pull down the structure! I had nothing to do with the demolition. I haven't even applied for bail. Chodo, jayenge jail (I'll go to jail) if it comes to that. I am innocent. As for the demand for my resignation, there is a clear distinction between a political case and being chargesheeted in any other case, however motivated it may have been. And I said...



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