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Katiyar Twice Sent Me Away From Dais: IPS Officer Tells Court

An IPS officer, who said L K Advani had made a provocative speech in Ayodhya moments before the Babri Masjid was demolished by Sangh Parivar activists, on saturday  told a CBI court that she was
PTI May 15, 2010 13:29 IST
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An IPS officer, who said L K Advani had made a provocative speech in Ayodhya moments before the Babri Masjid was demolished by Sangh Parivar activists, on saturday  told a CBI court that she was twice sent away from the dais by BJP leader Vinay Katiyar.

Anju Gupta, who was the personal security officer of Advani, was replying to questions by defence counsel during the hearing of the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Gupta said when she reached the Ram Katha Kunj manch (dais), where BJP leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati, Sadhvi Ritambhara were also present, she was asked by Katiyar to go to the police control room and change the direction of Advani's convoy.

When she returned to the dias, Katiyar told her to again go to the control room and bring Advani's car.

During the deposition, Gupta said she had no information about any order from the Supreme Court permitting symbolic 'kar seva' at the disputed structure on December 6, 2002. Gupta, the ninth CBI witness in the case, said she only knew that the apex court had prohibited from performing 'kar seva' to construct the temple.

She was cross-examined by defence counsel H D Sharma for almost two hours before special CBI court judge Gulab Singh. The next hearing will take place on June 8. PTI