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Babri Masjid Demolition: SC May Revive Conspiracy Charges Against L K Advani, Uma Bharti

Previously, a court in Rae Bareli had released Advani and 12 others including Vinay Katiyar and Kalyan Singh of conspiracy charges for razing the 16th century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in December 1992.

Debayan Roy | News18.com

Updated:March 6, 2017, 3:44 PM IST
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Babri Masjid Demolition: SC May Revive Conspiracy Charges Against L K Advani, Uma Bharti
File image of Union minister Uma Bharti and veteran BJP leader L K Advani

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday indicated that senior BJP leader LK Advani and other BJP and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders may face trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The Allahabad High Court had earlier dropped the conspiracy charges against these leaders including senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh. But now SC was hearing a petition by CBI challenging Allahabad High Court’s order of acquittal and a petition by Mehboob Ahmad.

The observation came from the bench of Justices PC Ghosh and RS Nariman just ahead of the last phase of the assembly elections in the state where the court also advised CBI to club the two cases pending in Rae Bareli and Lucknow.

The court’s order has now been posted to March 22 where it will be stated whether Advani, 89, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti will be tried for conspiracy or not.

Previously, a court in Rae Bareli had released Advani and 12 others including Vinay Katiyar and Kalyan Singh of conspiracy charges for razing the 16th century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in December 1992.

Kalyan Singh, who is now the governor of Rajasthan, was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh when this ancient mosque was razed down by kar sevaks of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad who believe it to be the birth place of Lord Ram.

This demolition is one of the biggest events in post-Independence India which has every now and then given rise to communal tensions across the country claiming hundreds of lives. RRS and affiliated organisations have been pushing for the construction of Ram Temple at the site of the mosque.

During the last hearing, SC had sought responses from all the accused.

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| Edited by: Smrithin Satishan
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