BJP stalwarts, L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti are looking at a 5-year jail term if convicted in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The charges against them suggest that if convicted by the trial court, they could be imprisoned to a jail term ranging between 2 and 5 years. The Supreme Court on Wednesday restored the offence of criminal conspiracy against them and ordered that the trial be conducted on a day to day basis without adjournments.
They will be tried under Indian Penal Code offences for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion etc, imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration and statements conducing to public mischief of the IPC for which the maximum punishment is five years.
Other charges of injuring or defiling place of worship with the intent to insult the religion of any class entails maximum sentence of two years, while for the offence of deliberate and malicious acts intending to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs, carries a maximum penalty of a three-year jail term.
The others in the case who will also face trial are Champat Rai Bansal, Satish Pradhan, Dharam Das, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahamadleshwar Jagdish Muni, Ram Bilas Vadanti, Vaikunth Lal Sharma and Satish Chandra Nagar.