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Babri demolition case case: CBI court in Lucknow summons Advani, Joshi on May 30

BJP leaders Advani, Uma Bharti, Joshi had moved the court seeking exemption from personal appearance at the hearing

india Updated: May 25, 2017 16:26 IST
Agencies, Lucknow
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BJP leader LK Advani and others have been summoned by a court in Lucknow.(File photo)

A special CBI court in Lucknow, which is conducting daily hearing of the 1992 Babri demolition case, on Thursday directed BJP leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi to appear before it on May 30.

The BJP leaders had moved the court seeking exemption from personal appearance at the hearing

After demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, two FIRs were registered in connection with the incident.

While the case of 28 accused was taken up in Lucknow CBI court, Advani and seven other were charge sheeeted in Raebareli court. Two of them - VHP leaders Ashok Singhal and Giriraj Kishore – died pending trial.

The Supreme Court had on April 19 ruled 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.

Besides the three leaders, the conspiracy charge will be invoked against Vinay Katiar, Sadhvi Ritambara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia, who were being tried at Raebareli.

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

The Supreme 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 apex court had also come down heavily on the CBI for the delay of 25 years in the trial.

It said “the accused persons have not been brought to book largely because of the conduct of the CBI in not pursuing the prosecution of the aforesaid alleged offenders in a joint trial, and because of technical defects which were easily curable, but which were not cured by the state government.”

The trial will be taken from the stage at which they were both at Raebareli and Lucknow, supreme court had said had said.

There shall be no fresh trial. There shall be no transfer of the judge conducting the trial until the entire trial concludes. The case shall not be adjourned on any ground except when the sessions court finds it impossible to carry on the trial for that particular date, it had said

First Published: May 25, 2017 14:59 IST