Babri Masjid demolition case: Conspiracy charges against L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti

Last month, the Supreme Court revived the criminal conspiracy charge (IPC 120 B) against the three BJP leaders and shifted their trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: May 31, 2017 8:25 am
babri masjid demolition case, uma bharti, lk advani, murli manohar joshi, babri masjid ruling L K Advani with Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on Tuesday. Vishal Srivastav

A special CBI court in Lucknow ordered framing of charges Tuesday against BJP veterans L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister Uma Bharti and nine others who will now stand trial for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Charges were framed against Advani, Joshi, Bharti, Vinay Katiyar, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya and Sadhvi Rithambara who appeared before the court. Their applications for discharge from the offence were rejected and they were granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each. Special judge S K Yadav rejected the CBI opposition to their bail applications. The court will resume hearing Wednesday.

The six are already facing charges under IPC sections 153 A (promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153 B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) read with sections 147 (punishment for rioting) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object).

Click here to read what Advani, Uma Bharti, Joshi, Kalyan Singh are charged with

Last month, the Supreme Court revived the criminal conspiracy charge (IPC 120 B) against the three BJP leaders and shifted their trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow. It also ordered restoration of charges against Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh and eight others but exempted Kalyan Singh from prosecution on account of the constitutional immunity he enjoys as Governor.

Ram Kumar Yadav, special CBI counsel, said: “The additional charge under IPC 120 B was to be framed against Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi, Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Rithambara and V H Dalmia on the direction of the Supreme Court. On the other IPC sections, they are already on bail and the trial against them is on.” Defence counsel K K Mishra said: “The court also framed charges against Satish Pradhan, Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Champat Rai and Mahant Dharam Das after rejecting their discharge applications.”

Mishra said charges were framed against these six under IPC sections 120B, 153A, 153B, 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 505, 147 and 149.

“These six are among 13 who were dropped from the case following the High Court order earlier. The Supreme Court, in its order dated April 19 this year, ordered restoration of charges against all of them. The court exempted Kalyan Singh from prosecution on account of the constitutional immunity he enjoys as Governor. Six others have died,” Mishra said.

PTI adds: Before appearing in court, Uma Bharti said: “I was present in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, which is no secret. Crores of BJP workers, lakhs of officials and thousands of political leaders participated. It was an open movement like the movement against the Emergency. I don’t see any conspiracy,” she said.

Vinay Katiyar said, “There was no conspiracy as the structure was razed openly by a big crowd. It is not right and there is no scope for conspiracy charge against us. It was not a conspiracy as whatever had happened had happened openly and lakhs of people were there. There could not be any conspiracy involving such a huge crowd,” he said. Vedanti said: “I was one of those who had pulled the dome down.”

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    N.Shekar
    Jun 1, 2017 at 3:12 am
    Hail the third rated, shameless, super corrupt judiciary of this country for having kept this Babri Maszid case alive even after 25 years without pronouncing its judgment.
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      ram
      Jun 1, 2017 at 5:35 am
      Modi- -Shah have killed many birds with one stone.Very well planned move by sarkar
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      Arm
      Jun 1, 2017 at 2:08 am
      Before we die our crimes must be washed out....
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        muzafar
        May 31, 2017 at 8:11 am
        So early, indian court can wait for 20 more years!
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          George Cruz
          May 31, 2017 at 8:00 am
          The Muslims in Kashmir have destro many Hindu temples for decades. When will Kashmir separatist terror groups supported/financed by the NC leaders like Abdullah's prosecuted by the Indian courts?????? Remember, Kashmir doesn't belong to Muslims because there was no evil Islam in the Indian subcontinent before the Turkish invasion in 1100s.
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            muzafar
            May 31, 2017 at 8:12 am
            u killed 2 men over 50 years and b ed them BAT members, how cowardly is that!
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            IslamForFooools
            May 31, 2017 at 7:58 am
            Ba ari was. It mosque, it was just a building, Muslims have habit of fight, quarrel and violence, for no reason. Thta is what Hadith, Kurna teaches, no wonder where there is Islam there is violence, worst thing is media everywhere is with terrorism of Islam,
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              Sunny M
              May 31, 2017 at 7:52 am
              This was, is and will always remain a vote bank politics. BJP is actually a British Jaisa Party because their legacy and philosophy has always been like that of British- Divide and Rule. It's a hype today that everything is good. A feel good factor is the marketing mantra by BJP. Something like a fairness cream that gives the impression everyone is turning fair when actually it is all judgmental. Modi as CM of Gujarat had left a lot of unanswered questions. However if we are respecting the decision of the courts to absolve him, then we must also accept the decision of the courts to try these 6 men for criminal conspiracy. Let us be fair. Building temples or masjids or protecting animals is not a "development" agenda. Let us be clear about it. It is a agenda to distract attention of people and fan religious sentiment. Better the learned and wise masses of this great nation realised this underlying fact.
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                Ozair Akhtar
                May 31, 2017 at 7:52 am
                For a country to prosper, for people to leave a proud legacy the law of the land has to be respected. No one should teach anyone of taking law in their hands. Otherwise there will much more chaos. Let the court decide and let's pray that court pronounces a fair and just judgement so that this prolonged brooding issue is settled forever. May Allah guide mankind to the straight path - the path of peace, tranquillity, prosperity and brotherhood and sisterhood.
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                  IslamForFooools
                  May 31, 2017 at 7:45 am
                  Proud of you umaji, you guys sacrificed your lives for justice to Hindus against evil Islam. Thank you from my generation. We are with you, all true Hindus are with you,
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                    ram
                    Jun 1, 2017 at 5:40 am
                    Looks like Shri Ram has decided to send all those persons, who were exploiting his name for their narrow political ends. to banvas .
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                      ram
                      Jun 1, 2017 at 5:53 am
                      What do you mean by .."sacrificed your lives" Papers say they all appeared in person in the court and very received by the CM of the state at the gate
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