Liberhan panel directive to VHP

NEW DELHI, AUG. 30. The Liberhan Commission of Inquiry today directed the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to place before it all records pertaining to its role in the Ayodhya issue on an allegation by commission's counsel that the organisation president, Mr. Vishnu Hari Dalmia, was not cooperating in his deposition.

Issuing notice to Mr. Dalmia, who deposed as a witness before the panel inquiring into the demolition of the disputed structure at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, Mr. Justice M.S. Liberhan directed him to procure all records within three weeks after he claimed in his deposition that he did not recollect certain events. ``I have no doubt that the VHP shall procure all records which are even remotely connected to Ayodhya and would throw some light for the commission along with an affidavit that there were no other records left,'' he said.

The commission said ``it may be classified that records relating to resolutions, action taken, action proposed, negotiations and any book on it be placed before it which would otherwise assist the commission to arrive at a right conclusion''. Mr. Dalmia described the December 6, 1992, event as a `festival' where people had gathered to perform `kar seva'.