NEW DELHI: Congress on Wednesday said the special court’s verdict discharging all accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case should be challenged in the higher court, calling it a travesty of the incident that flies in the face of the indicting observations of the Supreme Court.
Reading out a
, AICC spokesman Randeep Surjewala said the acquittal order runs counter to the SC judgment of November 9, 2019, which held that demolition was an “egregious violation of rule of law”.
“Entire country witnessed a deep-rooted political conspiracy by
and its leaders to destroy the country’s communal amity and brotherhood for usurping power at any cost,” he said, adding that then UP government of BJP was a co-conspirator which misled the SC with a false affidavit assuring the mosque’s safety.
Surjewala said, “Every Indian with faith in the Constitution expects and urges the central and state governments to file an appeal against the decision of the special court…and follow the letter of the law without any partiality and premeditated prejudice.”
The special committee to advise the Congress president, which includes
, Ambika Soni, A K Antony,
K C Venugopal
, met to discuss the court order and felt the verdict is questionable in view of the SC’s observations. The party also consulted veterans
and Ghulam Nabi Azad to finalise its stand.
The Babri demolition case and the title suit for Ayodhya have long been seen as related, and the SC order awarding the disputed site for temple has more or less settled the protracted dispute that has been the source of religious polarisation with political ramifications.
With Congress and the rest of the opposition having welcomed the apex court’s decision in favour of temple, it is felt that demolition case does not carry the political sting. It was a more straightforward case of the culpability or otherwise of BJP-Sangh leaders.