Babri Masjid demolition case: BJP’s L K Advani, Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti appear before special CBI court today

Babri Masjid demolition case: The Supreme Court had ordered prosecution of Advani, Joshi, Bharti, and other accused last month for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive case. The BJP leaders appeared before the CBI court today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2017 12:56 pm
Babri Masjid demolition case: The Supreme Court had ordered prosecution of Advani, Joshi, Bharti, and other accused last month for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive case. (file photo)

Veteran BJP leaders L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi on Tuesday appeared before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case. Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti was also summoned to appear before the court along with BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and one-time firebrand Hindutva preacher Sadhvi Ritambara.

Speaking with news agency ANI, Bharti rejected the conspiracy charges against the leaders. “It was an open protest, as it was during the time of emergency. What conspiracy was there in it I don’t know,” she said.

Before her scheduled court appearance she said: “It is the matter of God and in such a case I can only have expectations from him. Since I have taken part in it with devotion, I don’t consider myself as a criminal.”

Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi left for Lucknow early Tuesday morning. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met Advani at a VVIP Lucknow guest.

Earlier, Special CBI judge S K Yadav had stated that no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance would be entertained. Last month, the Supreme Court had ordered prosecution of Advani, Joshi, Bharti, and other accused for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive case. It also ordered the hearings to be concluded in two years. Allowing the CBI’s plea seeking restoration of criminal conspiracy charge against the four BJP leaders, including Katiyar, the apex court had described the demolition of the medieval-era monument as a “crime” which shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution”.

BJP leaders L K Advani ,M M Joshi having a meeting soon after Kar Sewak started demolition of Babri Masjid at Ram Janam Bhoomi .(Express photo by R K Sharma.)

The top court, however, said BJP leader Kalyan Singh, who is the Rajasthan Governor, is entitled to immunity under the Constitution until he remains in office. The disputed structure was demolished during Singh’s tenure as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

The court had transferred the case against Advani, Joshi, Bharti and three other accused from a Raebareli court to Lucknow for a joint trial in the 25-year-old case.

With PTI inputs 

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  1. M
    May 30, 2017 at 1:33 pm
    Should be hanged until death ! These people are responsible for dividing the communities ! not just the structure even the basic fabric of secularism ! Now we are facing the burn of the hatred sowed years back ! look what have u achieved . What u sow is what u get !!!
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      Devisahai Meena
      May 30, 2017 at 1:28 pm
      Ram never said to demolish and Allah seen the act of Advani , Bharti, Singhal , Kalyansingh , Joshi and the provoked Kar-sewaks (Swayam sewaks ) . Ram and Allah , in the eyes of their respective devotees , stand equal . God , will very soon , be cal all these responsible for creating communal terror in the peace loving Indian nation , I pray to God ! such people should not take rebirth to put all others in trouble and to live under perpetual threat ... dsm(67).
      1. K
        May 30, 2017 at 12:48 pm
        Whatever you do, he will be the President.
        1. D
          Devisahai Meena
          May 30, 2017 at 1:29 pm
          And, it will be ill fate of India .
        2. K
          Kulmohan Singh
          May 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm
          How is the karma done by Advani different from the karma done by Babar in 15th century ?
          1. M
            May 30, 2017 at 12:33 pm
            PEDO MO-HOMO-MAD erupted from the Arabian desert 1400yrs ago not so long,----how come a masjid appeared in lord RAMAs birth place when the leader of the MUZZIES creator of filthy Islam PEDO M erupted from the Arabian desert???,----BA-BRI is in Hindustan and not in Arabian desert,---so how come MUZZIES living and claiming things in Hindustan when PEDO M and Islam erupted from the Arabian desert????----MUZZIES should ask this questions themselves and get the facts drilled in their MUZZIE useless thick head,---Jai hind.
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              Vinu Krish
              May 30, 2017 at 12:27 pm
              Lets hope the case will drag till 2019; with daily court & 24/7 media coverage. this is the best propa a for BJP...
              1. R
                Rajput King
                May 30, 2017 at 12:23 pm
                When that babri dancha was being demolished, Advani was shouting "Mat Todo, Mat todo, Door ht jao" So Advani should be punished for stopping those soldiers who were doing this great job.
                1. D
                  Devisahai Meena
                  May 30, 2017 at 1:32 pm
                  Perhaps , a deaf might have heard , advani shouting that way ?
                2. B
                  May 30, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                  This is political vendetta. BJP slaps cases against Vadra Congress against advani. etc. India is not what you all perceive it to be. BEHIND THE SCECENES dirty politics, self interest, fighting for power takes place. All PARTIES ARE SAME. Judiciary and Media houses are puppets of ru govt. Which ever it may be. Journalism is dead in India. All news channels are corrupted by BJP and Congress. They have lots of money. Ignorant people follow them. All news channels broadcast negative news ALWAYS negative news. and Dirty politics news. I CHALLENGE MR. MODII. If he has guts stop access to on internet, whats app, Social media. BJP will not do that . WHY ? Because internet/whatsapp money goes to telecom companies. China banned facebook WHY NOT INDIA. These telecom compnies are ruining Indian youths. See Rampur molestation. I challenge MR. MODII Stop on internet.whatsapp and generate employment for youths of India. otherwise rape/molestation cases will only increase.
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