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Babri Masjid case: Advani, Joshi meet after SC orders trial against them

Babri Masjid case: Advani, Joshi meet after SC orders trial against them

The apex court bench also ordered day-to-day hearings in the case to ensure a verdict is delivered within two years, reports Our New Delhi correspondent. The verdict followed a Central Bureau of Investigation plea challenging the May 2010 Allahabad High Court order quashing the conspiracy charge against Advani and others. Splitting the accused into two groups and holding the trial in different courts in different districts has been an important factor in slowing down the judicial process.

Some BJP leaders said the party would not like the message to go out that the "heroes" of its most resonant Hindutva movement, spearheaded by Advani in early 90s, were tried for criminal conspiracy when it was in power at the Centre as well in Uttar Pradesh.

The court said that the trial will held in the northern city of Lucknow and should wrap up in two years. "However, hearing in the Ayodhya case take place, there will be a polarization in public sentiment as some will be in favor of a mosque, while some will favor a temple".

The court said separate trials being conducted in trial courts at Raebareli and Lucknow will be clubbed and conducted in the capital of Uttar Pradesh only. The others who would face the criminal conspiracy charges and be tried would be, among them are, Sri Vinay Katiyar, Giriraj Kishore, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan.

The Court today directed that the trial of the leaders progressing in Rae Bareilly be transferred to Lucknow and charges of criminal criminal conspiracy be added.

On Wednesday Bharti denied the mosque had been destroyed as part of a conspiracy, and said she would visit Ayodhya in the evening to pray to Lord Ram.

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Currently, a sessions court in Lucknow has put 47 karsevaks or volunteers who were in and around the disputed structure on trial.

Union minister Arun Jaitley today virtually ruled out resignation of Uma Bharti from the Cabinet following the Supreme Court order in Babri Masjid demolition case and described as "hypothetical" the possibility of the ruling having any bearing in selection of candidates for presidential and vice presidential polls.

The Babri Masjid was demolished by several Hindu extremists in 1992.

The demolition of the mosque in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh sparked nationwide riots in which thousands were killed, majority Muslims. CBI restricted itself from the restoration of conspiracy charges against them.

Eminent cleric Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali said the faith of the Muslim community has been further reinforced by the decision of the apex court. The CBI has claimed of having solid evidence against the leaders.

His trial, however, will be delayed until his stint as governor of Rajasthan state is over because the position of governor gives him immunity from prosecution.


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