Babri Masjid demolition case: Advani, Uma Bharti, MM Joshi to face criminal conspiracy charges

Babri Masjid demolition case: SC has also directed the sessions judge in Lucknow to conduct trial in the Babri demolition case on a daily basis

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 19, 2017 4:12 pm
BJP leaders including LK Advani and MM Joshi in a meeting soon after Kar Sewaks demolished the Babri Masjid. The Supreme Court today ruled that certain BJP leaders will face criminal conspiracy charges in the demolition case. Archives/Express Photo RK Sharma

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that senior BJP leaders including LK Advani, Uma Bharti and MM Joshi will face criminal conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The bench comprised Justices PC Ghose and RF Nariman.

The apex court has directed the sessions judge in Lucknow to conduct the trial in the Babri demolition case on a daily basis, and that the judge will not be transferred. It also ruled out a fresh trial in the case. The Supreme Court has also ordered the CBI to ensure that witnesses are produced in court everyday so that there is no delay in the Babri demolition case trial. The trial will have to be completed in two years.

However, the Supreme Court has clarified that Kalyan Singh, being Governor of Rajasthan, will not be tried due to constitutional immunity unless he ceases to be in that post. In effect, his trial will begin after his term as Governor ends. Singh was chief minister of Uttar Pradesh when the demolition took place. Others who will face criminal conspiracy charges are Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal. The late Giriraj Kishore is also among the names in the original chargesheet.

There were two sets of cases relating to the demolition of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992. The first involved unnamed ‘karsevaks’ or volunteers, the trial of which is taking place in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relate to the VVIPs in a Rae Bareli court. With today’s SC order, both these cases are merged and will be heard in Lucknow.

The order comes after the CBI had petitioned the SC saying 14 people, including BJP leaders, who had been acquitted of the charges under criminal conspiracy, should be tried in the Lucknow Court. On April 6, the last hearing, the Supreme Court had reserved its order for today.

BJP leader Uma Bharti celebrates the demolition of Babri Masjid with party colleague MM Joshi at Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The Supreme Court today ruled that certain BJP leaders will face criminal conspiracy charges. Archives/Express Photo by Kedar Jain.

Reacting to the development, Congress spokesperson Salman Soz said Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh should resign and uphold the sanctity of their posts.

BJP, however, has said it will first study the court order and only then issue a statement. “We can’t say anything, will first study the court order,” party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told News 18. Party MP Vinay Katiyar, however, says the charges against BJP leaders are baseless. “Why should leaders like Uma Bharti resign from Union Minister position, these all are baseless charges,” News 18 quoted him as saying. Supreme Court has given the verdict. Party would study the verdict in detail, party spokesperson Sambit Patra said.

NDA ally Shiv Sena, however, has called for the chargesheet to be recalled.

“The government should withdraw the chargesheet. How can (they) on one hand you do this and then talk of building Ram Mandir?” party leader Sanjay Raut told news agency ANI.

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First Published on: April 19, 2017 10:40 am
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    anonymous
    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:28 pm
    India is one of the very few underdeveloped countries where Justice, in the case of leaders, drags on for years for political reasons and ends up with no justice. Justice is stupendously meddled with and the crime condoned flagrantly as in this case.
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      d
      Apr 19, 2017 at 8:26 pm
      India has the misfurtune of being ruled by low life comunalists of two kinds. Congress is party of hindu communalist who pretend to be secular. bjpis the party of hindu communalists who pretend to be nationalist. No wonder India is so uncivilized and backward that people in god- places like bangla dedh and stan are happier than the people of India.
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        MIGHTY BOMBER
        Apr 19, 2017 at 7:52 pm
        This “less interest on savings” Bhartiya Janta Party government can do anything to divert attention from economic issues. All political parties will cheer for judicial system while government further reduces interest rate on fixed deposit and small savings. Neither Hindus nor any other community are really interested in what happened twenty four years ago. This is just a small game to keep Mr.Advani and others away from Presidential elections. What a mess this government is, nothing for ordinary citizen.
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          stranger
          Apr 19, 2017 at 7:38 pm
          i fully support umaji, whatever you have done we are proud of it, and indebted go to court and proudly proclaim and the nation will back you as hero. doing something good and then getting afraid of the retribution from evil forces only undo the good work you have done.
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            Sheik Mohamed
            Apr 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm
            Why fast track court should not be created for hearing this case on priority basis, so that Justice could be meted out to those affected?
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              Sreesheel Sreekumar
              Apr 19, 2017 at 7:17 pm
              Everybody should again approach the Supreme Court for a review of its decision ! How can there be a conspiracy when it was a spontaneous reaction from some kar sevaks ? To accept the fact the even the Chief Minister was part of the conspiracy is a ridiculous decision by the court ! Nobody needs to resign for a case where some youth brought down an old building !
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                FEKU FAKING
                Apr 19, 2017 at 7:57 pm
                Some youth brought down an old building. Hahahajahà pity on ypur education ifyou are. Spme other guys may blast some other old buildings. It is not the case of bringing down an old buildinf it is the case of law and order and justice. Otherwise for mualims masjid is a place of worship it can be build anywhere as allah is present everywhere
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                CClements
                Apr 19, 2017 at 7:16 pm
                The BJP's intention to build a temple at the Babri mosque site cannot be fulfilled till such time those that partook in the mosque's destruction are brought to book.What happened was outright vandalism. Nobody has the right to take the law in their hands. They must, as any citizen, be responsible for their actions.
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                  Gangu Radhakishan
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 7:13 pm
                  From last 300-400 hundred years, Vedic values and sacredness is diluted. Corruption spread like wild fire. Hindus don't have voice or leaders at the world level who can stood for them, to protect their values. BJP top leaders at least tried their best to unite and bring a positive change in Indian politics. It is cent percent truth that those who are sacred, truthful in India were crushed over the years. How justice can be done to such noble souls and their families? At least it is the time to build lord Shiva and lord Rama temples in g scale in each state/UT on world standards and enforce Sacredness in the society across India. Meanwhile judiciary or through condenses among Hindu and Muslim groups, may find solutions to Ayodhya dispute in a year or two? May victory to righteousness!
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                    ak dev
                    Apr 19, 2017 at 6:23 pm
                    This trial will further harden the positions taken by Hindu and Muslim groups and it will further help Hindus consolidation i.e. a plus for BJP.
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                      Indian
                      Apr 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm
                      What is Supreme Court doing regarding the 1984 Sikh genocide?.
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                        Bharat
                        Apr 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm
                        Old stone age people were human to the extent that women and children were not touched in crimes. Today religion based politics has created so much hatred that we kill innocents who have no power. A warrior give sword to other to fight with equality and feel no injustice. To get vote against consolidation of vote by Mandal Mandir issue was used and it yielded in getting power. Court has to pronounce justice otherwise no difference in jungle might vis a vis rule of law.
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                          bambaikar
                          Apr 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm
                          It will be used to deny advani even president post
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                            IslamForFooools
                            Apr 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm
                            Only mandir, no mosque, not in ayodhya not anywhere. Mosques turn your country into Syria, temples make your country beautiful and pleasant.
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                              Achoot
                              Apr 19, 2017 at 5:28 pm
                              Beautiful with polluted rivers and where people practise untouchability.try again blind guy.
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                                k 4329
                                Apr 19, 2017 at 5:57 pm
                                you are right
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                                  Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                                  Apr 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm
                                  Your MUZZIE ,---the WAHABIS erupted from desert treats you convert MUZZIES as 3rd grade non touchables,---and blowing themselves and yourselves up as well,----Jai hind.
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                                  k 4329
                                  Apr 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm
                                  The fastest growing religion in US and European countries is Islam.
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                                    khaja
                                    Apr 19, 2017 at 6:24 pm
                                    look at your hindu uma and joshi, joined hands and leaning on him, shameless rustics, just because you pulled islam in your iden y, I said hindu uma, anyhow shameless creatures will not feel anything, you are one of them, shamelss varga, in other words swine.
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                                      Chandu Shah
                                      Apr 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm
                                      Kuttas like you should be deported to your favourite country
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                                      salman ali
                                      Apr 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm
                                      oqat main raho, mind ur language, gona be executed if would have known u
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                                      ginololoya
                                      Apr 19, 2017 at 5:08 pm
                                      Best is to start with the timeline. Akbar destro a Hindu temple in 1528. Let us first bring a case against him, who is dead. Yes, such can be done. Religious feelings were hurt then. During 1853, a revolt occured against the masjid. It has been proved a hindu temple existed ONCE, makes Akbar guilty even when he was the king of the land. BJP then, as the king of the land in 1992 did the same thing. Why is that guilty?
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                                        Darkhorse
                                        Apr 19, 2017 at 5:20 pm
                                        Reading this makes me wonder how amazing and diverse is India with fools and dumbs like you
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                                          rajan
                                          Apr 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm
                                          There is no dearth of dunderheads in this country,which is uming the path of self-destruction& increasing intolerance under BJP Government. See the elation on the faces of the two bigwigs retrieved from the archives of IE, which is enough to tell the story.
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                                            rajan
                                            Apr 19, 2017 at 5:33 pm
                                            That's RSS meaning of Unity in diversity.
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                                            bambaikar
                                            Apr 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm
                                            go further back. From kanyakumari to mohanjadaro and harappa belongs to tamil. All others came from central asia like moguls came
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                                            manjit
                                            Apr 19, 2017 at 5:05 pm
                                            Just feel good factor. Nothing will happen to them. Everything is preplanned or will be planned . Be happy
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                                              IslamForFooools
                                              Apr 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm
                                              And nothing should happen to them, they did great service humanity by destroying mosque ( terror centers)
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                                                PT
                                                Apr 19, 2017 at 5:51 pm
                                                You seem to be an RSS breed.. But pray that God forgives you.
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                                              rajan
                                              Apr 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm
                                              Its good to know that the mischief-mongers of 06December,1992 have been booked for the offence. It has taken 25 years in their case. How many years are required to book the two dangerous boys of Indian politics viz. Modi& Shah, who pla havoc in 2002
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                                                Jim
                                                Apr 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm
                                                Useless decision by SC. Will only clog the judicial system further and deny justice to needy citizens whose cases are pending
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                                                  d
                                                  Apr 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm
                                                  These three people are the faces of real anti- nationals who shold also be slapped with sedition charges. rss must be demasked and destro if India is to devepope into progressive,advaned and a civil nation. Hindus particularly be wary of this fafaxsi cult that is bent to take them to stone age, just like what taliban orgNisations did to stan.
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                                                    Citizen
                                                    Apr 19, 2017 at 4:58 pm
                                                    It's one of the rarest steps from one of the pillars of our democracy, to sa uard the very Cons ution that is under existential threat! It's not about a mosque or a temple but it was a heinous yet successful experiment of imposing mobocracy on the silent majority. This is what we are seeing around the world in various degrees, that so many minority cultures and ethnic groups seem to be under relentless aggression from majoritarian fascist forces. This is a serious challenge for mankind, even though this has been happening since time immemorial.
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                                                      Eve Fernandez
                                                      Apr 19, 2017 at 4:52 pm
                                                      Advani becomes president. He will also be given immunity.
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                                                        Darkhorse
                                                        Apr 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm
                                                        That was the main reason for proposing him as President
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                                                        d
                                                        Apr 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm
                                                        memessenge oh hate and killing will be found innocent by the supreme court which has been reduced to hundu-sharia court by the governent of the blind and bigoted pseudo nationalists. And that is the tragedy of mother India, my friends
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