India ruling party leaders face trial in 1992 mosque attack

The top court further said the proceedings in the case should be completed in two years.

However, Kalyan Singh wouldn't be tried and no case would be filed against him as well, as he enjoys Constitutional immunity as Rajasthan Governor. Union Minister Uma Bharti will have to face criminal conspiracy charges.

The court said that adjournment would take place only if the trial court judge feels that it was impossible to proceed and fix the next date of hearing after recording the reasons for the adjournment.

They will be put on a joint trial with the karsevaks accused of of the demolition.

By combining the two trials, the judges want to ensure that a verdict is delivered within two years.

Three senior members of India's ruling Hindu nationalist party including a government minister should face trial over the demolition of a mosque a quarter of a century ago, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. Now, matter will be heard in Lucknow Court and day to day hearing would continue.

The counsel for Advani and MM Joshi opposed a joint trial, saying the Supreme Court can't transfer their trial from Rae Bareli.

Advani, 89, a former Deputy Prime Minister, was originally and along with BJP colleagues like Murli Manohar Joshi, charged with making inflammatory speeches that motivated lakhs of right-wing volunteers to pull down the 16th century mosque on December 6, 1992.

A top court bench of Justice comprising Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman on April 6 had reserved the order. CBI again approached the court for the case.

It had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the High Court. The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed an appeal by the Central Bureau of Investigation which challenged the dropping of charges against them.

The SC ordered that the trial would be conducted in both Lucknow and Rae Bareli.

In this July 28, 2005 file photo, Indian opposition leader and President of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) L.K. Advani, second right, senior BJP leaders Uma Bharati, right, Kalyan Singh, second left, and Murli Manohar Joshi wave to people during a public rally in Rae Bareilly, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

  • Leroy Wright