Babri demolition : Supreme Court revives conspiracy charges against Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti Staff Reporter

Delhi : Supreme court today ruled that LK Advani and other senior BJP leaders including Murali Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati will have to face a trial on the charges of conspiracy of Mosque demolition.

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The petition filed by Central Bureau of Investigation in the court had asked to restore the criminal charges against these leaders in demolition of Babri Mosque on December 6, 1992.

The demolition by Karsevaks led to one of the biggest violence incidents took place in Indian history where nearly 4000 men were slaughtered.

Bench of Justice RF Nariman and PC Ghose delivered the judgement today. Previously the bench gave out a notion that the charges against Advani and other leaders could be revived, which were dropped almost 16 years ago.

There are two separate cases related to Babri mosques demolition were being pursued in two different courts of Uttar Pradesh. One against the unnamed ‘Karsevaks’ is being fought in Lucknow court, and second case where Advani, Joshi, Bharti and other senior leaders of BJP and Vishva Hindu Parishad, is being tried in Raebareli court.

The conspiracy charge against 13 accused including Advani, Joshi and Bharti, was dropped by the Raebareli court. Then CBI went to Allahabad high court, which in May 2010 upheld the lower court’s order.

At last CBI approached the apex court for the same. CBI told the Supreme Court, “The impugned order of the Allahabad high court upholding the lower court order dropping the charge of conspiracy ought to be set aside.”

Earlier this month Supreme Court indicated towards the joint trial of both of these cases by transferring Raebareli court case to Lucknow court. The idea of joint trial was opposed by Advani’s counsel KK Venugopal.