Babri hearing: BJP leaders will emerge unscathed, assures Naidu

The first one to reach the court premises was Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan, followed by Advani, Joshi and Bharti. "There was no conspiracy, it was an open movement like it happened during the Emergency".

A special CBI court in Lucknow on Tuesday framed charges against former deputy PM LK Advani, BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi and Cabinet minister Uma Bharti, along with nine other saffron leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Sakshi Maharaj, another BJP leader and accused in the case also reasserted that he did not think that he did anything wrong by being a part of the movement that led to the demolition of the Babri mosque. Other accused in the case along with Mr Advani are VHP leaders Sadhvi Ritambhara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia. Many Hindus believe that the mosque was built over the birthplace of Lord Ram and they want a temple to be built there. He announced that under "the rule of Modi at the Centre and Yogi in the state, a grand Ram temple would be constructed at Ayodhya".

Before being implicated in conspiracy behind the demolition of Babri masjid, these leaders were only facing a trial for making provocative speeches from a platform near the mosque before it was pulled down by the volunteers owing allegiance to Hindutva forces. It also ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years.

On April 19, 2017, the Indian Supreme Court reestablish the charges of conspiracy against the disputed structure and directed the special court to frame charges against the suspects within a month.

Earlier on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath had met with Advani and Joshi at a VVIP guesthouse ahead of the court hearing.

After Advani, Joshi and Bharti did not turn up in court on May 25 and 26, the special court had said that no further application for an adjournment or exemption from personal appearance would be entertained.

  • Zachary Reyes