The Central Secretariat meeting of Popular Front of India held at Bangalore has sought urgent Supreme Court intervention to prevent Sangh Parivar from humiliating Indian judicial system in the name of Ram Mandir construction on the site of the demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The leaders of RSS, BJP and other related outfits are undermining Supreme Court of India by their repeated assertions and calls in public that Mandir would be constructed irrespective of cases pending before courts. It must also be a matter of serious concern of the apex court that they are misusing a dispute which is under its consideration for nation-wide communal polarization merely as a means to win elections. The meeting demanded the Supreme Court to initiate criminal actions against Sangh Parivar leaders who are engaged in such criminal and anti-national activities.
While people as well as parties await the final judgment in Babri Masjid case, it is to be remembered that the Babri Masjid – Ram Mandir issue is primarily an ownership dispute, not a matter to be decided as per either Hindu or Muslim faith. The meeting pointed out that any approach to the issue other than that based on facts and records will lead to denial of justice.
It was the failure of our democratic institutions in preventing Sangh Parivar organizations from taking the law into their hands that worsened this issue in the past which finally led to the demolition of centuries old Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992. The demolition was done defying existing court orders to maintain status quo on the site, while all the democratic apparatuses of the country stood watching. Hundreds of innocent Muslims lost their lives in the anti-Muslim riots that followed in various parts of the country. By further deepening the communal divide in the country, BJP still continues to exploit the issue in their polarizing campaigns in the face of every successive election.
With next Lok Sabha election is approaching, BJP leaders are making provocative statements that not only threaten Muslim community, but the very status of the Supreme Court as the highest institution of justice in the country. They pay zero respect to the democratic institutions in the country, openly denounce the Constitution, and try to influence the final judicial verdict by using threats and pressures in public and media.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, with least respect for judiciary, demanded that an ordinance should be promulgated to build Ram Temple at the site of demolished Babri Masjid. BJP President Amit Sha is dictating terms to the courts in the country. He criticized the Shabarimala temple verdict allowing entry for women as impracticable and threatened that courts should not pass orders that cannot be implemented. Interestingly, RSS always demanded strict execution of court verdicts whenever practices of minority communities are outlawed.
Since judiciary is the last resort of justice to the citizens of this country, Supreme Court has to rise to occasion and illustrate its high esteem and constitutional powers in the face of ongoing threats. The meeting appealed the apex court to prosecute those who undermine the role of judiciary through public statements.
Hashimpura case verdict a slap on the face on state terrorism
The Central Secretariat meeting hailed the Delhi High Court judgment that awarded life imprisonment to the accused belonging to Provincial Armed Constabulary of Uttar Pradesh in the killing of 38 Muslims from Hashimpura village in the Meerut district of UP in 1987. The High Court has set aside the verdict of the trial court that acquitted all accused 28 years after the incident. The HC judgment has pointed out that the incident was a targeted killing of persons belonging to a minority community. This victory of the legal fight, though delayed 31 years, is a slap on the face of all official agents of state terrorism anywhere in India. The meeting opined that while attempts to undermine judiciary are let free by the governments, such judgments reinforce people’s faith in it.
Chairman E Abubacker presided over the meeting, which was attended by Vice chairman OMA Salam, General Secretary M. Muhammed Ali Jinna, EM Abdul Rahiman, KM Shareef and Abdul Wahid Sait.