A special CBI court will frame charges against BJP leader L K Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti, party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi and others in the Babri Masjid case for their alleged role in the conspiracy behind the razing of the structure on December 6, 1992. The case was transferred to Lucknow from Raebareli on the direction of the Supreme Court last month. Yesterday, the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court asked all accused including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi to appear before it on May 30 in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case.
Meanwhile, in the second case, charges could be framed against six accused on Friday morning even though five of them had appealed to postpone the hearing until May 30. The list of accused includes the names of Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan. Earlier, these charges were to be framed on May 25 but the matter was postponed after five of them sought exemption from appearance.
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Pradhan, a Shiv Sena leader, was present in the court on Thursday as well but the special CBI court judge S K Yadav said that since the other five accused had sought exemption, it would not be possible to frame charges against him alone. “I came for the hearing as I was summoned by the court. This is our judiciary,” Pradhan told ANI after coming out of court. Apart from this, the conspiracy charge
would now be invoked against Vinay Katiar, Sadhvi Ritambara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia as well.
The apex court had restored the serious criminal conspiracy offence against Advani and the other accused in the case on April 19 and had directed the court to frame charges against them. Reacting to this, the special CBI court began day-to-day hearing in the case and had granted bail to the five Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders after signing a surety bond worth Rs. 20,000 on May 20.