Freemasons banned from Hillsborough 'cover-up' inquiry

Tuesday 05th January 2016 12:31 EST

Freemasons have been banned from being employed on the biggest criminal investigation into alleged police criminality.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPC) is investigating allegations of a cover up after the crush that killed 96 Liverpool football fans in the Hillsborough disaster. But the watchdog has ruled that freemasons cannot be employed as civilian investigators on its work related to Hillsborough despite a court ruling banning the discrimination.

A spokesperon for the commission said, “The IPCC is examining whether there was any form of influence on the decision making of police involved in the disaster., arising from the membership of any organisations, or groups...”

The United Grand Lodge of England which represents 200,0000 freemasons said it did not believe that the ban was necessary and that it was fully cooperating with the commissions inquiry.

Grand Lodge of India

The Grand Lodge of India (GLI) is the main governing body of Freemasonry within India and was officially constituted on Friday 24 November 1961. Freemasonry traces its roots in India in the early years of the 18th century. In 1730 officers of the East India Company held their meetings in Fort William in Calcutta. The number given to the Lodge was 72.

The Goshamal Baradari, Hyderabad, built in 1682 by Sultan Abul Hassan Tanasha, is the oldest building used as a Masonic Temple in India. Built in 1682, it was donated to the fraternity in 1872 by the Nizam of Hyderabad.

Some of the famous Indian freemasons include: Swami Vivekananda, Dr. C. Rajagopalachari, Dadabhoy Nowroji Tata. Pandit Motilal Nehru, Sir Dorabji Jamshedji Tata, Bhulabhai Desai, Sir C P Ramaswamy Iyer, Nawab of Pataudi Mansur Ali, Sir C.P. Ramaswamy Iyer to name a few.


The Hillsborough disaster was a human crush that caused the deaths of 96 people and injured 766 others, at a football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England, on 15 April 1989.


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