Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

India BJP leaders face conspiracy trial in 1992 mosque case

India BJP leaders face conspiracy trial in 1992 mosque case

Kalyan Singh, Uttar Pradesh chief minister at the time of the demolition, and now the governor of Rajasthan, has been exempted on the ground of constitutional immunity. The Supreme Court's order today means that the trials will now be merged and held in Lucknow, with court saying that the case must be transferred from Rae Bareli within four weeks.

Judges also expressed their frustration with the (so-far) twin trials moving slowly over 25 years, and said they could order daily hearings with a two-year deadline for a verdict.

The apex court directed the trial court to proceed expeditiously in the case and said that court should not grant unnecessary adjournments in the trial proceeding. The trial court had passed the order on May 4, 2001 dropping the charge against them.

SC restored conspiracy charges against senior BJP leader LK Advani.

The Supreme Court has said that both trials should be combined and a final verdict reached within two years. Many Hindus believe that the mosque was built over the birthplace of Lord Ram and want a temple to be built there. No case will be registered against him, said the apex court.

Others who will face criminal conspiracy charges are Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan and Champat Rai Bansal.

Another case is against Advani and other BJP leaders who were at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, when the Babri mosque was demolished.

Senior members of India's ruling party, including a government minister, will be tried for their alleged involvement in the demolition of a 16th-century mosque 25 years ago, a flashpoint in modern Indian history that triggered religious riots in which almost 2,000 people died.

Those accused along with Mr Advani, a former deputy prime minister, include senior BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, who is in the current cabinet.

On December 6, 1992, all these leaders were present in Ayodhya when hundreds of mostly VHP activists storied the three-domed Babri mosque and brought it down, triggering communal violence in the country. "All the accuse worked in tandem and they should be prosecuted together", Kaul told the court while seeking revival of conspiracy charges against the leaders.

"While the term of President Pranab Mukherjee is coming to an end on 24 July, the term of Vice President Hamid Ansari ends on 10 August". Advani along with others was booked by the CBI for allegedly hatching a criminal conspiracy to demolish the mosque, leading to riots.

Now, the country's Supreme Court has chose to revive criminal conspiracy charges against four veteran ruling party politicians over the destruction of a mosque 25 years ago.

The first case ( Case No. 197,1992) was filed against lakhs of kar sevaks for demolition of the masjid.

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