New Delhi: Terming the Liberhan Commission report on the demolition of the disputed structure at Ayodhya as 'lacking in substance', the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has returned the Liberhan Commission report to the Union Home Ministry.

Moreover, the CBI has refused to lodge a fresh FIR or a supplementary chargesheet on the basis of the new findings in the report, which was sent to the premier investigating agency by the Home Ministry for further action.

Liberhan Commission had indicted Sixty-eight people including former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the demolition case and had recommended fresh investigations into their role.

However, the CBI officials held that the Commission has failed to come out with concrete evidence against them.

“Liberhan Commission could not provide any evidence against the accused or any outsider. CBI can’t act against anybody without evidence,” a CBI official said.

“After a detailed investigation, chargesheet was filed against the conspirators in 1993 itself which includes names of Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Sadhwi Ritambhara, Ashok Singhal and Giriraj Kishore. CBI is trying that they are prosecuted,” the official added.

While the move of the CBI in the sensitive and disputed issue could bring embarrassment for the government, it would give a rope to the Saffron brigade to attack the government.

JPN/Bureau