Babri Masjid demolition case: Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti exempted from appearance in court

On April 19, the Supreme Court had ordered the restoration of a conspiracy charge against the three leaders directing the special court to "complete the trial and deliver the judgment within a period of two years."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 7, 2017 12:09 pm
babri masjid case, babri masjid demolition, babri masjid hearing, lk advani, murli manohar joshi, uma bharti, babri masjid cbi court, india news, indian express news On May 30, the court had framed charges against 12 people, including Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti,  in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, MP Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti were on Wednesday granted relaxation from personal appearance in the special CBI court investigating the Babri Masjid demolition case, reported ANI. A special CBI court in Lucknow has been holding daily hearings in the 1992 demolition that has been a significant moment in India’s political history.

On May 30, the court had framed charges against 12 people, including Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti,  in the demolition case. Their applications for discharge from the offence were rejected and they were granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each. The court also rejected the CBI opposition to their bail applications.

On April 19, the Supreme Court had ordered the restoration of a conspiracy charge against the three leaders directing the special court to “complete the trial and deliver the judgment within a period of two years”.  The apex court also shifted the trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow.

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“The matter is sub judice. But there is not an iota of political gesturing in the Ram Temple issue. It is a matter of faith and belief,” UP BJP chief and deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya had earlier told PTI. “Every person wants a Ram Temple to be constructed in Ayodhya. And whenever the courts give a decision on any issue (related to the temple), there is some ‘garmaahat’ (galvanisation),” BJP national vice-president and Rajya Sabha MP Prabhat Jha said.

Meanwhile, prosecution witness Dinesh Verma appeared before the special court on Tuesday. Verma’s statement was examined by the prosecution. “Dinesh Verma, posted at UP’s information and public relations department, had videographed the visit of then chief minister Kalyan Singh at Ramlala, Ayodhya, in June 1991. Kalyan Singh had gone there a day after taking oath as chief minister of UP on June 24, 1991. Today, statement of Dinesh Verma was partially examined by the prosecution,” said CBI special counsel Lalit Kumar Singh.

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    rajan
    Jun 7, 2017 at 4:37 pm
    Lord Rama himself wouldn't want such a mandir in his name at the expense of so many innocent lives & with so much of discord or strife. Yet his 'devout' worshippers shall not listen to him even if he comes in person to appeal to them. They care two hoots for Maryada Purushottam because propriety is none of their concern. They want to avenge Hindu's humiliation at the hands of Muslim invaders of 17th century or before by putting curbs on followers of Islam in 21st century. This is the face of India under the rule of' self anointed 'Vikas Purush'; the great despot representing the saffron clad party.
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      Dalit
      Jun 7, 2017 at 4:30 pm
      In the meantime hindu sharia courts also known as Indian Justice system will be working hard in preparing clean-chits for the hindu scoundrels.Ler the world know that eternally victimised hindus need protection and India is ready to do it. Hundus, monkeys of bjp and their beloved cows are above the law or the land, and rightfully too.Jai cow. Jai Hindu. Jai Feku, the commander in chief of monkey brigade of india
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        Abdul Jamal
        Jun 7, 2017 at 4:16 pm
        Every day I will publish the names of two Christian padres who are convicted of raping kids in Christian churches and missionary schools. Do you know it will take me 10,000 years to publish each name of 7 million Christian padre priests who have been convicted in last 10 years.
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          Abdul Jamal
          Jun 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm
          Except for murder, slavery has got to be one of the most immoral things a person can do. Yet slavery is rampant throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. The Bible clearly approves of slavery in many passages, and it goes so far as to tell how to obtain slaves, how hard you can beat them, and when you can have with the female slaves. Many Jews and Christians will try to ignore the moral problems of slavery by saying that these slaves were actually servants or indentured servants. Many translations of the Bible use the word “servant”, “bondservant”, or “manservant” instead of “slave” to make the Bible seem less immoral than it really is. While many slaves may have worked as household servants, that doesn’t mean that they were not slaves who were bought, sold, and treated worse than livestock.
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            Abdul Jamal
            Jun 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm
            The following passage in Christian bible shows that slaves are clearly property to be bought and sold like livestock. However, you may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. (Leviticus 25:44-46 NLT)
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