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VHP belligerent, RSS cautious on SC restoring conspiracy charge in Babri case

The RSS was cautions in its reaction to the Supreme Court order restoring conspiracy charges against BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati in the Babri mosque demolition case but the hardline Vishwa Hindu Parishad was typically belligerent.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2017 23:04 IST
Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Pradip Kumar Maitra
Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Pradip Kumar Maitra
Hindustan Times, Nagpur/New Delhi
Babri Mosque,Supreme Court,Conspiracy charge
File photo of the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya on December 6,1992. The RSS reacted cautiously to the Supreme Court order on Wednesday restoring conspiracy charges against LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti while the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) insisted Hindus would fight the apex court’s directive.(AFP)

The Rashtriya Swayamnsevak Sangh on Wednesday reacted cautiously to the Supreme Court ruling that senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati would face conspiracy charges in the Babri mosque demolition case but the hardline Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) was belligerent in its reaction.

“We respect the judiciary. But we are also unable to understand that how could it be a conspiracy when all that happened was the action of a huge mob gathered at the site?” a senior Swayamsevak told HT. “We would not be able to react at this moment but speak only after getting details of the Supreme Court order,” he added.

Former RSS spokesperson and ideologue M G Vaidya said, “Nobody knows how much time it will it take for the case to settle down. Whoever has made allegations must prove the same.”

Vaidya, however, said that the Supreme Court’s decision has to be accepted by everyone.

The Apex Court on Wednesday directed the sessions judge of Lucknow to conduct the trial in the Babri mosque case on a daily basis and that the judge would not be transferred. It also ruled out a fresh trial in the case and that trial must be completed in two years.

While the RSS’ reaction was measured, the VHP was typically belligerent.

It said “Hindus” will fight “legally and in democratic ways” the SC’s decision to restore conspiracy trial.

Pravin Togadia, head of the VHP, one of the main participants in the Ram Temple movement in Ayodhya, said if the demolition of a “structure that was built by a foreign invader by demolishing original Hindu structure in Ayodhya” is treated as a criminal conspiracy then the governments at the Centre and in Jammu and Kashmir should approach the apex court to treat the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits as “the worst ever criminal conspiracy”.

The CBI had petitioned the court for restoring criminal conspiracy charges against the senior BJP leaders for the demolition of the Mughal-era mosque on December 6, 1992.

“Not only the 1989-90 attacks on Hindus in Kashmir, but also in various states where Hindus had to run away en mass due to terrorization and attacks by Muslims has to be treated as conspiracy,” Togadia said in a statement.

The VHP and the other RSS affiliates have been steadfast that the mosque in Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama came up at the site where a Ram temple stood, which was razed by Babur. These rightwing outfits have been pressing the government to bring in a law in Parliament to build the temple at the disputed site.

“As for the Ayodhya case, snatching from Hindus and then demolishing Ram Temple to build Babri structure and then keep on justifying that action even now itself was criminal conspiracy by Babur then and now by Muslims…” Togadia said.

First Published: Apr 19, 2017 22:31 IST