Liberhan Commission to question Rao

NEW DELHI, July. 20. The Justice M.S. Liberhan Commission of Inquiry, which is probing the events leading to the demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, today said that it would examine former Prime Minister, Mr. P.V. Narasimha Rao as a last witness.

Mr. Rao would be examined in response to a plea made by the counsel for the former U. P. Chief Minister, Mr. Kalyan Singh. Mr. Rao would be summoned ``only after the examination of all the witnesses was over'', Mr. Justice Liberhan said. The BJP has said that Mr. Rao should be summoned so that his role in the demolition could be ascertained. The commission has sent a notice to the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, to examine him as a witness after the deposition of Mr. Kalyan Singh but no date had been fixed.

Today when Mr. Kalyan Singh failed to turn up as per the earlier summons, Mr. Justice Liberhan directed him to appear ``positively'' before the commission on July 27. The registrar was asked to ensure that the summons as well the commission's orders were served on him. Mr. Kalyan Singh's counsel told the commission that he could not serve the summons issued on June 21. Mr. Justice Liberhan said the summoning of Mr. Singh was widely publicised in the media and it was difficult to believe that he was unaware.