1 October 2020
It all started with L.K. Advani’s Rath-yathra and spreading the poison of divisive HINDUTVA IDEOLOGY! Who can ever forget those sights and sounds. No amount of fake court verdicts, in these days of fake news, post truth, alt-truth, will convince those who have been witnesses of happening those days.
Justice delayed is now buried for good. But appeals to higher courts will continue, not to give up hope of recovering or redeeming buried truth, but to comfort ourselves, that the remnants of HONEST TRUTH SEEKERS are not totally wiped out of this country, Bharat!
How Indian Democracy Operates!
When truth of the veracity of the THIEF is decided by a jury of a dozen who never saw any one stealing and one who actually saw the theif stealing, whose opinion should prevail? The dozen who never saw or the ONE who SAW?
In today’s Indian democracy the majority who never saw is made to prevail! Lond live our Indian democracy. james kottoor, editor ccv.
Please read below the TIME’S editorial
The morning of the demolition, BJP leader L.K. Advani meets leaders of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Twenty-eight years is a long time but in India that is how long it can take the wheels of justice to turn. In keeping with its many failures in high profile cases, CBI’s prosecution of a criminal conspiracy in the Babri Masjid demolition fell flat. The trial court found no evidence of conspiracy while acquitting L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and other leaders of the Ram Mandir agitation.
The court concluded that accused persons like Ashok Gehlot actually tried to stop the “anti-social elements” who brought down the mosque. The Justice Liberhan Commission report had rejected the claim of a spontaneous riot.
Despite CBI filing its first chargesheet in 1993 and a supplementary chargesheet in 1996, the case drifted for two decades between trial courts, Allahabad high court and Supreme Court. In 2017, an SC bench led by Justice Rohington Nariman revived the criminal conspiracy charges and kept making decisive interventions to prevent further delays. SC must review unacceptably long procedural delays that plague important cases in the trial stage. Justice delayed is justice denied. The judicial process is still not over: Appeals before Allahabad HC and later SC could happen.
Last year, the five-judge SC bench adjudicating the mandir-masjid title dispute dubbed the Babri Masjid destruction a “serious violation of the rule of law”. India’s track record of prosecuting communal riots is abysmal, which is a key reason they recur with disturbing regularity. Rarely are riot leaders brought to justice. CBI must also examine its failure to prove documentary evidence like audio and video clips it brought to trial.
Authorities are fond of saying the law will take its course. Such a lengthy course doesn’t bode well for the rule of law. Failure to uncover the “serious violation” of 1992 will remain a black day for Indian democracy.
(This piece appeared as an editorial opinion in the print edition of The Times of India)