The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Tuesday a petition, which claims that with the BJP in power, CBI may not make adequate efforts to get conspiracy charges restored against party leader L K Advani and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The plea has been filed by Haji Mehboob, a petitioner in the title suit representing the Muslim community in Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi case.
Mehboob, 77, has said his fears stem from the fact that Rajnath Singh, an accused in the case, was now Home Minister and his ministry had administrative control over CBI. Also, another accused, Kalyan Singh, was now Governor of Rajasthan.
Mehboob, who said his house was among the many burnt in the violence that followed the demolition, has requested the court to let him intervene and argue as a party in the case irrespective of CBI’s appeal since the agency’s intentions were doubtful. He said his petition ought to be heard on merits to ensure the matter is not botched up.
“One accused of the said criminal trial, Shri Rajnath Singh, is a cabinet minister and the leader against whom there is a charge of serious omission. One other accused (Kalyan Singh) is Governor of a state. Although CBI is technically under the office of Prime Minister but for all practical purposes, the Home Minister is also an important authority,” stated the petition.
The plea that said due to the change in political scenario, litigation policy of the Centre and statutory authorities had changed their stand. “There are reliable reports… CBI may not seriously press the said petition in its true intent and spirit,” it said and added: “It is necessary that a public spirited person takes up the issue to test the impugned judgment of Allahabad High Court in the judicial scrutiny before this Court”.
The matter was mentioned before Chief Justice H L Dattu Monday for an urgent listing and he agreed to hear it with the main matter Tuesday. The main matter relates to CBI’s appeal against decisions of a special CBI court and High Court to drop criminal conspiracy charge against Advani, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar, Murli Manohar Joshi and others.