Babri Masjid demolition: SC to pronounce verdict on revival of charges against Advani, others today
The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on Wednesday on the plea filed by the CBI against conspiracy charge against BJP leaders L K Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Union minister Uma Bharti and 18 others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
A bench comprising Justices PC Ghose and RF Nariman is scheduled to pronounce the judgement. The top court will also decide whether the trial of the accused can be transferred from a court in Rae Bareli to Lucknow to fast track the process.
On April 6, the apex court had reserved its order as CBI had sought initiation of conspiracy charges against the saffron party leaders.
The CBI is contesting the May 2010 order by the Allahabad High Court absolving Advani and others of the charge of criminal conspiracy that led to the razing of the 16th century mosque.
The apex court had on March 31 issued notices to Advani and others asking them to file their replies on the plea by the CBI.
There are two sets of cases. One is against Advani and others, who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 when the Babri mosque was demolished. The other case was against lakhs of karsevaks who were in and around the disputed structure.
The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.
However, all the charges were quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the Allahabad HC.