Babri Masjid demolition case: CBI court frames ‘criminal conspiracy’ charges against Advani, Joshi, Bharti and others

Last month, the Supreme Court had restored the criminal conspiracy charges framed against Advani, Joshi, Bharti and other accused while overruling the Allahabad High Court judgment.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2017 5:15 pm
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A CBI special court on Tuesday granted bail to BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The bail was granted on personal bond of Rs 50,000 each. The court has, however, rejected the discharge petitions filed by the leaders. The conspiracy charges have been framed against all the 12 accused.

The court, which earlier rejected their discharge petition, framed charges against Advani (89), Joshi (83), Union minister Bharti (58) and three others under Section 120 (B) of the IPC (criminal conspiracy). The three others are the BJP’s Vinay Katiyar (62), VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmiya, who is in his late eighties, and one-time Hindutva firebrand Sadhvi Rithambara (53).

The accused had argued against the framing of charges against them, asserting that they had no role in the razing of the mosque and had tried to stop it. Their discharge petitions were rejected by the judge.

This was the first time that these leaders had appeared before a court in connection with this case. Last month, the Supreme Court had restored the criminal conspiracy charges framed against Advani, Joshi, Bharti and other accused while overruling the Allahabad High Court judgment. Bharti, the union water resources minister, was also summoned to appear before the court along with BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and one-time firebrand Hindutva preacher Sadhvi Ritambara.

Earlier, Special CBI judge S K Yadav had categorically stated that no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance would be entertained. The apex court also ordered daily hearings to meet a two-year deadline. 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”.

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.

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    kempu
    May 30, 2017 at 6:21 pm
    The special CBI court has reje-cted the di-scharge pe -ions & has fra-med consp-iracy charges against all the accused, includ-ing Union Minister Uma Bharti. So, how can Modiji retain Mrs Bharti in his Cabinet ? He should have demanded her resign-ation when the CBI revi-ved this case (at the instance of Central govt) in the Supreme Court. Is it possi-ble that the PM was unaware of the CBI peti-tion ? !
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      rajkal
      May 30, 2017 at 6:17 pm
      All of them should have been put behind bars with out bail as they incited religious dis-harmony and kil . What ever Modi's intentions are own party is turning against those who supported violence and disctruction.
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        Khushminder Sahasi
        May 30, 2017 at 8:34 pm
        This is intra party politics. Modi does not like Advani because he opposed his nomination by BJP for PM's election in 2014. Advani would have been obvious choice of the party for President of India's election. So Modi through CBI now started this case, It will fizzle out in Two years resulting Advani and MurlI Manohar Joshi are sidelined for the President and VP elections. Modi is cunning and does not pardon who soever opposes him. None exist in Gujarat
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        secure
        May 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm
        BANANA CBI ORGANIZATION.
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          secure
          May 30, 2017 at 5:51 pm
          CBI foo Muslims nothing else. This is action is just to stop LK ADVANI for President post.
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            rajesh
            May 30, 2017 at 5:03 pm
            MANY OF US TALK ABOUT THE UNIQUENESS OF MODI AND THAT WE SHOULD HAVE SOMEONE REALLY AS TOUGH AS HIM TO COMPETE WITH FROM THE OPPOSITION. I WOULD SAY THAT ONE MODI IS MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR OUR COUNTRY. I JUST CANT IMAGINE 2 MODIS. WE WILL ALL BE ED UP BECAUSE WE WILL NOT HAVE A REAL CHOICE !! WE WILL HAVE AN OPTION ONLY TO SELECT BETWEEN TWO MODIS !! ALTHOUGH CHANCES ARE LESS BUT LET THE OPPOSITION BE DIFFERENT THAN THE BJP SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A CLEAR CHOICE AT LEAST AFTER THE MODI BHAKTS REALIZE THE BIG MISTAKE THEY ARE DOING. AT LEAST THE NEXT GENERATION OF VOTERS WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT GOVERMNENT.
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              Nitin Deolekar
              May 30, 2017 at 5:27 pm
              After Gifting Best Lands of Pak & Bangla to Muslims as per their demands; rest India Lands are mainly for Hindu & 0.7 Buddha. But Pseudo Secular hi-Nehru Allowed Muslims to stay here? That has created all such serious problems for Hindus even in India Today!! in 1947 Hindu Population in Pak was 27 & Bangladesh was 30 . Now not even 5 Hindu remained there; that too living in Fear of Rapes & Murders by Muslims, every day. Better Change Dirty Laws Done by pseudo secular Nehru-Ambedkar like No Common civil code? Else till then cancel Hindu 1-wife Act Law done by Buddha Ambedkar. Revert Mr.Ambedkar Laws. Allow 2-shadi written Talak for Hindu. And force China 1-child Law to Muslim brothers for next 70 years. That shall help Muslims to prosper like China and ISIS Terror shall reduce. Stop Education in Madrassah, teach muslims together with Hindu in common schools. Sania Mirza Tennis Academy in each school for Muslim Girls! Gift them reservation in BC Quota!!in place of Ambedkar caste!!
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                Indian
                May 30, 2017 at 6:27 pm
                who the said u that pak and bangla was gifted to entire muslims...it was for those people who were staying in that region only & for others if they wish to go....FO with ur theories as no one wants to listen to a like u. RSS shakhas also shd be closed as it teach hatred to other communities...why u dont say the same for RSS shakhas
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              arc
              May 30, 2017 at 4:55 pm
              These Hindu taliban should be stripped tarred and feathered and made to walk from Babri masjid to New Delhi all the while being caned. No mercy for old age.
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                kempu
                May 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm
                Secular-ists shou-ldn't imitate the Hindu taliban ! They should behave in a more civilised manner than the Army Chief who awarded commendation Card to Major Gogoi ! !
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                Sankaran Krishnan
                May 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm
                Now the query is "To get Immunity from the Court" one must occupy the Cons utional post, Minister post, etc., and if tomorrow these leaders are given an Cons utional post they will be exempted till such time they occupy the post which will send an wrong precedent. Already the so called Politicians are sticking to power to abuse the authority and if this clause is included they will beg and obtain some Ministerial post to hide from the Rule of Law till their death, is it NOT ??? Hope the court force such persons to resign and face the case boldly and amend the rules that no one should occupy the post till such time case is over against them and proved innocent and will the Judiciary p this order is the query ???
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                  Hd Raj
                  May 30, 2017 at 4:38 pm
                  CBI. . I puppet of ru party as always
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