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April 21, 2017

SC Restores Criminal Conspiracy Charges Against BJP Leaders In Babri Masjid Demolition


Babri Masjid

On April 19, a bench of Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Rohinton Nariman of the Supreme Court restored criminal conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders, including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Uma Bharti, in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The bench ordered the separate trials being conducted in trial courts at Rae Bareli and Lucknow to be clubbed and conducted in the capital of Uttar Pradesh only. The court then directed that the trial should proceed on a day-to-day basis and should be completed within two years.

The court ruled that there will be no fresh trial because of framing of conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders. However, Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, who enjoys Constitutional immunity, can be tried only after he ceases to hold the office.

Further, the bench ordered that the Court of Sessions frame an additional charge under Section 120-B against L.K. Advani, Vinay Katiar, Uma Bharati, Sadhvi Ritambara, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Vishnu Hari Dalmia.

It also directed probe agency CBI to ensure that prosecution witnesses appear on each and every date for recording of evidence in the case and the trial court should start the proceedings within four weeks from this date.

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