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Updated: October 2, 2010 03:27 IST

Chidambaram: Babri Masjid demolition remains a criminal act

Vinay Kumar
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Mr. Chidambaram appealed to the media, especially television channels, not to “over-interpret” the judgment and devote extraordinary space and time to it.. File photo
PTI Mr. Chidambaram appealed to the media, especially television channels, not to “over-interpret” the judgment and devote extraordinary space and time to it.. File photo

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday expressed satisfaction with the peaceful law and order situation across the country in the wake of the Allahabad High Court's verdict in the Ayodhya dispute, saying people's response to it was “respectful and dignified.”

Quoting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement on the judgment that “the correct conclusion, at this stage, is that the status quo will be maintained until the cases are taken up by the Supreme Court,” Mr. Chidambaram said the Centre “is pleased and satisfied that the response of the people… to the judgment has been… “respectful and dignified.”

The Centre had no role in the issue, except maintaining the status quo and ensuring law and order, he said at his monthly press briefing.

It was a fair assumption that the verdict would go to the Supreme Court, which might pass some interim order and take it up for hearing. “Therefore, there is no need for commenting on the judgment. There is no role for the Centre now. The judges have ordered that status quo will be maintained. As of now, the judgment is not operational and status quo as decreed in an earlier Supreme Court order will be maintained.”

Mr. Chidambaram appealed to the media, especially television channels, not to “over-interpret” the judgment and devote extraordinary space and time to it.

Asked whether the judgment would in any way weaken the case relating to the demolition of the Babri Masjid, he said it had nothing to do with the December 6, 1992 demolition. “That act was completely unacceptable, and it was an act done by people who took the law into their own hands. This judgment in no way interferes with the demolition that remains a criminal act.”

To a query on Chief Minister Mayawati's allegation that the Centre did not provide adequate police forces, he said, “I thought the Uttar Pradesh government is maintaining law and order with the assistance of the forces provided by the Central government. If the State government thinks that the Centre should maintain law and order with the assistance of the U.P. police, so be it.”

In his opening statement, Mr. Chidambaram said that in anticipation of the judgment, 52 companies of the paramilitary forces were deployed in the State. These included 40 companies of the CRPF and 12 companies of the Rapid Action Force. Paramilitary forces were also deployed in other States. Some companies were kept in reserve for any emergency. The Indian Air Force was on standby to rush these personnel to trouble spots, he noted.

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from:  gurudev
Posted on: Oct 4, 2010 at 05:18 IST

Just making statements and igniting passions is not enough. If the Govt of India and congress party truly beliefs that the act of 1992 of demolishing the Mosque is a criminal act and the Judgement does not dilute that criminal act. than the question is what the Govt, The congress Party and Secular Judiciary is doing about it. The Leaders and forerunners of that criminal act still roaming free, still holding posts as law makers. The liberhan Commission already indicted the top leaders of BJP Including L.K.Adwani and others. But the home ministry and Congress party just talking and making statements punishing the culprits and uses the word as"Should" instead of "MUST". This shows this is merely petty politics trying to save the vote bank. These politicians do not care about country's History or Heritage or care about faith and believes the only concerned is for vote bank and greed for power.

from:  Akram
Posted on: Oct 3, 2010 at 20:43 IST

The Home Minister was absolutely correct in bringing up the issue of the illegality of the destruction of Babri Mosque. Those perpetrators must be punished to the full extent of the law for justice to be redeemed.

from:  Terence Lorens
Posted on: Oct 3, 2010 at 09:35 IST

the court verdict has taken the right way and the people of Ayodhya accepted it.

from:  rejumohan
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 18:15 IST

Chidambaran is known for popularising 'Saffron Terror', which was never heard before. But he refuses to accept the word"Islamic Terror".

To get the minority votes, Congressmen can go to any extent.

Once the Ayodhya verdict has come, there is no logic continuing Disputed Structure demolition case.

from:  Ashok Gupta
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 14:10 IST

The Home Minister is absolutely correct and it is good he has voiced this point. By no measure is this "verdict" of the Allahabad High Court an indicator of any sort that the demolishing of the Babri Masjid is anything less than the most shameful collective criminal act in post Independence India.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 12:53 IST

Home Minister P Chidambaram is here by renamed MAULANA Chidambaram.He should be DEPORTED to Pakistan immediately.

from:  Rajan
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 12:37 IST

I am a good citizen of our country. I want to see our entire public place clean. I want to see corruption less country. I need pure water. I want to avail hygienic food everywhere any time. I want to see green trees and flower plant everywhere. I do not want to see a citizen who spits in public area. Even most popular temples are not clean. I do not want to see any ugly place. If I say in shortly, I need my country should own good people everywhere rather than good God(s).

from:  venkatesan
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 09:46 IST

This is yesterday news that appears in your today paper and again the latest newes update. Please stop giving prominence to this item and do not stoke the passion , post judgement.The honorale minister should keep his mouth shut, he has the fault of opening his mouth at the wrong time on many occasions inclding during Maoist issue. just because he has a sanction to talk anyting from Amma. The terms of reference to the court was not demolition, and the jugdment is on other references. No body is talking about the demolition other than the media like you. When King Aurengazeb pundered and demolished 1 lahk temple, where was this newspapaer. The editor's head would have been cut and body stoned if he spoke about it. Babrin Majid was a symbol of this plundering and slavery and the wicked ness of the mughal emperoroes. it was not a mosque in the true sense it was a structure where prayers were offered caling it as a Mosque should be stopped, ASI evidence has proved there was a huge temple structure whether it was demolished or came down on its own it another matter. Please change the paper name to some Islam name. You do not have any right to carre the paper name as "The Hindu" which your forfathers have respectfully given.

from:  Balasubramanian
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 09:38 IST

In the name of (any) religion, we people who have feet of clay, will say or do anything, to propagate one's belief. While private faith is the (acceptable as it hurts no one) cornerstone of religion, pushed aggressively beyond the realms of one's mind, it becomes the bigoted cornerstone of ugly fascism!

from:  Ramgopal Dass
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 09:35 IST

This is not a Home Minister should be doing. This is pure politics.

from:  Sri
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 09:27 IST

While the news item is well received, may I point out that a national news paper like The Hindu should have avoided the headline highlighting on the act of demolition of the disputed structure at this juncture.

from:  S. Narasimhan
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 06:06 IST

To Mr Chidambaram,
Do you have anything to do or creating some controversies on every issue is your job.

from:  raj yellari
Posted on: Oct 2, 2010 at 02:01 IST
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