Advani, Joshi, Uma Told To Attend Lucknow Court On May 30
Lucknow: The BJP veterans have suffered a major setback when Lucknow Court ordered them to be present in the trial court on May 30. Advani, Uma Bharathi, Murali Manohar Josh have to appear in court in a case related to Babri demolition in December, 1992.
When the special CBI judge here took up Babri demolition case, only the Shiv Sena lawmaker Satish Pradhan was present. The BJP leaders were asked to attend the court next week when charges will be framed against them.
On the given date they should appear in court and no exemption for anyone will be granted, the trial court said.
Special CBI court dropped conspiracy case against Advani and others in 2001 which decision was upheld by Allahabad High Court in 2010.
But Supreme Court said in the last month that the leaders will have to face trial on the conspiracy charges. These leaders are already facing a trial for the provocative speeches they allegedly made near Babri before Mosque was pulled down by Kar Sevaks.
One month time was given to frame fresh charges for CBI Special Court and two years to deliver its verdict for this case which is pending for 25 years. The judge made it clear that there would no exemptions.
The apex court has restored the conspiracy charge against 89-year old Advani and others. They are being tried separately on the charge of inciting the karsevaks through their inflammatory speeches from a platform near the masjid on 6 December 1992.
The demolition took place as a result of the movement of Ramjanmabhoomi led by Advani as it is the belief of the Hindu community that a Ram temple was existing there in place of Mosque. Babar got the temple demolished to build mosque there, they believe. The razing of the mosque resulted in communal riots all over the country and about 2000 people were killed in the mayhem.