Babri case: Criminal conspiracy charges framed against Advani, others
A special CBI framed criminal conspiracy charges against L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and nine others in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The decision by the court came after it rejected a plea filed by senior BJP leader, L K Advani and others seeking a discharge from the Babri Masjid demolition case. All the 12 accused had sought discharge from the case stating that there was no criminal conspiracy. The court however did not accept their plea.
Earlier the court had granted bail to all the accused persons on the condition that they furnish a bond of Rs 50,000.
During the course of the hearing all the accused said that no charges should be framed against them. There was no conspiracy and hence charges cannot be framed, Advani and others through their counsel told the court.
On his arrival at Lucknow this morning, Advani was greeted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. A special prayer was also held ahead of the hearing.
On May 25, the court summoned the leaders to appear before it in person on May 30 for the framing of charges against them.
The BJP leaders had moved court seeking exemption from appearance but the court said they would be allowed no such relaxation. The special court is conducting a day to day hearing of the case.
This would be the first appearance by the leaders since the the Supreme Court had in April restored the criminal conspiracy charges against them. The others who are scheduled to appear are BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, Vishwa Hindu Parishad's Vishnu Hari Dalmia, Ram Vilas Vedanti, Sadhvi Ritambara, Mahant Nritya Gopaldas, Mahant Dharamdas, Champat Rai and Satish Pradhan.