Moily flays BJP govt; seeks CBI probe into church attacks

Last Updated: Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 16:27

Bangalore: Union Law Minister M Veerappa
Moily on Saturday accused the BJP government of having "hijacked"
the judicial commission that gave a clean chit to the party
and Sangh parivar outfits for attacks on churches in Karnataka
in 2008 and said a CBI probe should be ordered into the case.

"Ruling BJP has hijacked the commission and had failed
to protect minority Christians in the state," Moily said over
the findings of B K Somashekara Commission of Inquiry.

In its final report submitted yesterday, the
commission had failed to name the organisations involved in
the attacks and hence CBI should be entrusted with the probe,
he said.

The attacks on churches in seven districts across the
state had caused a major embarrassment to the first-ever BJP
government in the south barely four months after it assumed
office following which the judicial inquiry was ordered.

Speaking to reporters, Moily demanded that Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa should immediately order a CBI probe
as "truth cannot be suppressed and a thief is a thief."

"Just because a commission gave a report, truth cannot
be buried, it should come out and the state government should
make sincere efforts (towards it)," the former Karnataka chief
minister said.

Moily said the commission`s final report should be
read with the interim report and there were contradictions
between the two.

"Always any Commission`s final report should be taken
into account along with the interim report. In this case, it
was very clear in the interim report submitted in February
2010 where there was mention about involvement of Bajarang Dal
and failure on the part of police and district administrations
in discharging their duties," he claimed.

In its report that came as a relief to BJP, the
commission had cited circulation of derogatory literature with
"insulting attitude" towards Hindus and issues of conversion
as the main reasons for the attacks.

It said there was no basis to the apprehension of the
Christian petitioners that politicians from BJP, mainstream
Sangh Parivar and state government were directly or indirectly
involved in the attacks.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 16:27

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