New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday restored the criminal conspiracy charges against veteran BJP leaders, including, LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi in the Babri Masjid demolition case, making them to face trial, reports said.
A two-member bench of the apex court gave the ruling following an appeal by the Central Bureau of Investigation that trial may be initiated against these leaders.
The court ordered that the trial be held both at Rae Bareilly and Lucknow
The CBI, handling the case related to the 1992 incident, has accused these leaders, among others, of being part of a larger conspiracy.
They will be put on a joint trial with the karsevaks accused of of the demolition.
Expressing displeasure at the Babri demolition case being dragged on for 25 years, the Supreme Court on Apr 6 hinted at a joint trial of all the accused, including veteran BJP leader L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, by transferring it to Lucknow.
The apex court indicated that it may order a time-bound joint trial of all the accused.
The trial for conspiracy in the Babri Masjid demolition case is currently being held in Rae Bareli.
The counsel for Advani and MM Joshi opposed a joint trial, saying the Supreme Court can’t transfer their trial from Rae Bareli.
Apart from Advani and Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and several other leaders of the party were named in connection with the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case allegedly for instigating a crowd to pull down the structure.
.The other case is against lakhs of volunteers who were in and around the disputed structure at the time of its demolition.