Babri case: Advani and Joshi agree to face trial in conspiracy case after CBI pleaded to revive charges against them 

April 6, 2017, 1:03 pm
Babri case: Advani and  Joshi agree to face trial in conspiracy case after CBI pleaded to revive charges against them 
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Babri case: Advani and  Joshi agree to face trial in conspiracy case after CBI pleaded to revive charges against them 

Babri case: Advani and Joshi agree to face trial in conspiracy case after CBI pleaded to revive charges against them 

Senior BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have agreed to face trail in conspiracy case in the Babri demolition case on Thursday.

The apex Court has reserved judgement against both the senior leaders.

The SC had said that it is ready for for day-to-day hearing in the case after CBI pleaded to revive conspiracy charges against the BJP veterans.

Responding to CBI request, senior advocate K K Venugopal, who appeared for the BJP leaders told the Supreme Court that his clients are ready to face conspiracy charges.

The CBI has earlier challenged the Allahabad High Court order in May 2010 confirming the lower court’s decision to drop conspiracy charges against BJP veterans.

“The impugned order of the Allahabad High Court upholding the lower court order dropping the charge of conspiracy ought to be set aside”, Additional Solicitor General N K Kaul said commencing CBI’s arguments in the plea challenging dropping of charges.

The apex court last month had adjourned the Babri mosque demolition case for two weeks and asked the BJP leaders to give their written submissions on the matter.

“We will not accept the discharge of Advani and others on technical grounds. We will allow you (CBI) to file a supplementary charge-sheet against 13 persons by including the conspiracy charges. We will ask the trial court to conduct a joint trial,” the Supreme Court had said on 6 March.

The court had also expressed its concern over delay in trial against the saffron leaders.

Advani and a dozen others were acquitted of conspiracy charges by Allahabad High Court and the main case against Karsevaks accused of razing the 16th century mosque in Ayodhya in December 1992 is pending in the Lucknow trial court.

Thousands of people died in sectarian violence after Hindu extremists razed the mosque in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya city in 1992. The demolition followed a campaign by Advani and others for a Ram temple at the site. Many subscribers of Hindutva ideology believe the spot is the birthplace of Lord Rama.

Babri demolition triggered one of the most deadliest riots across the country that led to the deaths of more than 2,000 people.

Tensions escalated during the anniversary of Babri demolition as several right wing organisations called on the day to build Ram temple in the spot.