A special CBI court has asked all the accused in the Babri Masjid case including senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, Union minister Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi to appear before it on May 30, as reported by ANI. On Wednesday, news agency PTI had reported that the special CBI court which is hearing the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition cases is likely to frame additional charges on May 26 against L K Advani and other BJP leaders, following the Supreme Court order restoring the serious criminal conspiracy offence against them.
The report added that Court had fixed May 26 to frame charges in the other cases in which Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan are accused. Yesterday, the Court had granted bail to Pradhan, a former Shiv Sena MP who surrendered. Special CBI court judge S K Yadav granted him bail on two sureties of Rs 20,000 each and a personal bond of the same amount, the agency added.
The other five accused had surrendered on Saturday and were granted bail by the special court, which began day-to-day hearing in the politically sensitive case on May 20 after a Supreme Court direction. After demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, two FIRs were registered in connection with the incident. The apex court had dubbed the demolition of the medieval era monument as a “crime” which shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution” and allowed CBI’s plea on restoration of serious offence of criminal conspiracy against the accused, PTI reported.