The Babri Masjid demolition case has been adjourned by the Supreme Court for two weeks. The top court asked the CBI, senior BJP leader LK Advani and others to file their written arguments by April 6 and posted the matter for further hearing on April 7.
On March 6, the top court had decided to examine the appeal against dropping of conspiracy charge against the accused including Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in connection to the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992. The court also came up with an option of ordering a joint trial of cases arising out of the two FIRs lodged in the wake of the demolition.
However, the counsel for the accused opposed the clubbing of the 2 FIRs on the ground that there were different sets of persons named as accused in the two cases, the trial of which were at an advanced stage at two different places, Rae Bareli and Lucknow. The counsel were of the opinion that a joint trial would lead to the beginning of proceedings de novo (afresh).
Thirteen persons including Advani, Joshi and Bharti were discharged of conspiracy charge in the case. The disputed structure was demolished on December 6, 1992.
The court had also observed that ‘something is peculiar about this case’ and that the CBI order exonerating Advani and others was not correct.
“Why didn’t you file a supplementary chargesheet against 13 accused in this case, the way you filed for eight other accused in another case?” the bench had earlier on March 6 questioned additional solicitor-general Neeraj K Kaul, who was appearing for the CBI.
On Wednesday, Justice PC Ghose, hearing the matter with Justice Deepak Gupta, said, “The other problem is that my brother (Justice Nariman) is not with me today. This is a part-heard matter.” KK Venugopal, representing Advani, had sought a longer adjournment for four weeks.