Babri Masjid demolition: Indian SC restores conspiracy charges against BJP leaders

New Delhi:BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti will face trial in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case as the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the CBI plea and restored criminal conspiracy charges against them.

Others who will face criminal conspiracy charges are Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal.

The immediate political fallout of this decision may see Uma Bharti stepping down, but the SC observed that no case will be registered against Singh as he has immunity as a governor.

However, senior party leader Kalyan Singh, who was the UP chief minister then, is protected since he is a governor.

The court also ordered a time-bound trial, ordering that the judge hearing the case shall not be transferred until a judgement is delivered and that there shall be adjournments during the trial except under exceptional circumstances. The Wakf Board which has claimed ownership of the land and Hindu parties filed civil suits.

1950: Paramahansa Ramachandra Das files a suit for continuation of pooja and keeping idols in the structure. The site thereby was declared "disputed" and the gates to the building were locked.

1961 for declaration and possession and fifth in 1989 in the name of Ram Lalla Virajman for declaration and possession. The agency approached the top court nearly a year after the high court verdict.

December 6, 1992: Babri Masjid demolished by karsevaks. While the trial for first set involved unnamed volunteers (BJP supporters) is taking place in a Lucknow court, the second set of cases relate to the BJP leaders is in a Raebareli court. Crime no. 197 deals with actual "demolition of the mosque by karsevaks". The other named BJP leaders Advani, M M Joshi and others for allegedly giving "communal" speeches before demolition. Bifurcates Crimes 197 and 198.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had moved the top court against May 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict dropping conspiracy charge against the eight senior Bharatiya Janata Party and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders.

Hindu saint Mahant Dharamdas said he supports the Supreme Court's decision and will continue to do that will the upcoming verdicts.

The riots that followed killed almost 2,000 people.

  • Leroy Wright