CBI court to frame charges against Advani, others on Tuesday in Babri case
BJP leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi and nine others will appear before a CBI special court in Lucknow on Tuesday for charges to be framed against them in the Babri mosque demolition case.Updated: May 29, 2017 21:33 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
The CBI special court hearing the Babri mosque demolition case will frame charges against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi and nine others in the 1992-Ayodhya case on Tuesday.
On May 25, SK Yadav, CBI special Judge had directed all 12 accused in the Ayodhya case to attend the court for framing of charges on May 30. The Judge had also ruled out any exemption from personal appearance to Advani and others, making it mandatory for them to be present in the court.
LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Sadhvi Rithambara, Vishnu Hari Dalmai, Vinay Katiyar, Ram Vilas Vedanti, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Dharamdas, Champat Rai Bansal, Baikunth Lal Sharma and Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan will remain present before the court on Tuesday.
Charges of criminal conspiracy against them would be framed under section 120(b) of the Indian Penal Code.
These leaders would also submit surrender applications to the court and seek bail. They are expected to complete all legal formalities on Tuesday when charges would be framed against them.
It was after the Supreme Court’s order that the CBI special court had sent summons to all those associated with the demolition of the mosque, including the BJP and VHP leaders.
After receiving the notice from the special CBI court, Ram Vilas Vedanti, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Dharamdas, Champat Rai Bansal, and Baikunth Lal Sharma had appeared before the court on May 20 for bail, which was approved by the court.
Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan could not turn up at the court from Mumbai on May 20 due to ill-health. Pradhan, however, appeared before the court on May 24 and got the bail.
Last month, the CBI had challenged before the Supreme Court the Allahabad high court’s decision to uphold the trial court’s discharge order favouring BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh, who is at present Governor of Rajasthan.
Due to immunity provided by the constitution to Governors from legal proceedings, the CBI court did not issue notice to Kalyan Singh to appear before it.
Hearing the CBI’s petition on April 19 last, a two judge bench of the Supreme Court of Justice PC Ghose and Justice RS Nariman had also suggested to the CBI to club two cases pending in Rae Bareli and Lucknow courts and also directed to conduct the hearing of the case in Lucknow.
First Published: May 29, 2017 21:32 IST