Babri demolition case: No one influences our decision-making, CBI tells Supreme Court

New Delhi,Prabhati Nayak Mishra: Claiming that its decision-making mechanism is completely independent and the home ministry has no role to play in any manner, the CBI has sought the Supreme Court to reject a plea which raised apprehension that since the BJP is in power, the premier investigating agency may not press to get the conspiracy charges restored against party’s leader L K Advani and other senior leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

“The decision-making process of CBI is completely independent. All decisions are taken based on correct facts in the light of extant law. There is no question of any person, body or institution influencing the decision-making process of CBI or the manner in which it pursues its cases in courts,” CBI said while rejecting the allegation that home minister Rajnath Singh, who was associated with Babri mosque demolition case, may influence the agency to go soft on its plea before the Apex Court.

CBI has already challenged the Special Court’s 2001 verdict and subsequently Allahabad High Court’s order (2010) discharging Advani and other senior BJP leaders from the charges of criminal conspiracy in the Babri masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi case.

Fling an affidavit, it said the decisions were made “strictly” in accordance with the provisions of the CBI Crime Manual and there was a hierarchic decision making mechanism that allows for the officers at each level to take decisions and make reasoned recommendations in an independent manner.

Further it said the governing ministry of CBI is the ministry of personnel of Personnel, Public grievances and Pensions and ministry of home affairs (MHA) does not play any role in the administrative or decision making aspects in any manner.

The CBI’s response came on a plea filed by Haji Mehboob Ahmad, a petitioner in the title suit representing the Muslim community in the case, alleging that due to the change in political scenario, litigation policy of the Centre and statutory authorities had changed their stand, CBI may not seriously press its petition in its true intent and spirit.

He said that the home ministry has administrative control over CBI and another accused, Kalyan Singh, is now governor of Rajasthan.

Mehboob, 77, said his house was among the many burnt in the violence that followed the demolition. He has requested the court to let him intervene and argue as a party in the case irrespective of CBI’s appeal since the agency’s intentions were doubtful.

A special CBI court and high court had dropped criminal conspiracy charge against Advani, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar, Murli Manohar Joshi and others.