May 25, 2017

Court To Frame Additional Charges Against Advani In Babri Case

L K Advani

A special CBI court hearing the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition cases is likely to frame additional charges on May 26 against L K Advani and other BJP leaders, following the Supreme Court order restoring the serious criminal conspiracy offence against them.

CBI counsel Lalit Singh said that the special court will frame the charges, after the accused appear before it in person.

On May 24, the court granted bail to former Shiv Sena MP Satish Pradhan after he surrendered here in another Babri Masjid demolition case. Special CBI court judge S K Yadav granted him bail on two sureties of Rs 20,000 each and a personal bond of the same amount.

On April 19, Supreme Court had directed that former deputy prime minister Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi will face trial on conspiracy charges. It had also transferred their case from Raebareli to Lucknow.

The apex court had dubbed the demolition of the medieval era monument as a “crime” which shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution” and allowed CBI’s plea on restoration of serious offence of criminal conspiracy against the VVIP accused.

In its 40-page judgement, it had termed the Allahabad High Court’s February 12, 2001 verdict dropping conspiracy charge against Advani and others as “erroneous”.

The matter is likely to have political implications, particularly against 89-year old Advani, reported to be a front-runner for the post of the President.

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