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

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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi met at former's residence on Wednesday after the Supreme Court ordered that they should be tried for criminal conspiracy in the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

LK Advani

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed an appeal by the Central Bureau of Investigation which challenged the dropping of charges against them. The court said that there would be no fresh trial in the case.

The SC ordered that the trial would be conducted in both Lucknow and Rae Bareli. The trial would be conducted on a day-to-day basis, the court also ruled.

[Advani, Joshi to be tried for criminal conspiracy in Babri Masjid demolition case]

The SC also said that there shall be no adjournment in the case. If convicted, Advani and others could be sentenced to five years in jail.

The SC pointed out that a 25-year pendency in this case was 'evasion of justice,' while stating that it would direct the Lucknow court to complete the trial in two years while ordering a day to day hearing.

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