Indian politicians to face trial over mosque demolition


The apex court also directed that the trial must conclude in 2 years without adjourning the case. The bench also said that unless there are exceptional circumstances, there should be no adjournments during the case and no judge hearing the case can be transferred.

Mr Advani along with party colleagues, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti charged with making inflammatory speeches that motivated Kar sevak volunteers or to pull down the historic mosque in 1992.

On Wednesday the Supreme Court of India ordered veterans of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to face trial for their role in a criminal conspiracy to destroy Babri mosque.

"All leaders must not be touched as per the court's order", he said.

Babri Masjid Demolition Case: On April 6th, the supreme court said they might order the two set of cases jointly from Raebareli to Lucknow court. The CBI lawyer argued that 14 persons, including BJP leaders who were not named during the hearing, who were acquitted of charges should be tried in Lucknow Court.

Several of the original accused, including Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, have died during the trial.

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After the Supreme court revived the conspiracy charge in Babri Masjid demolition case against senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, his former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni has come out in his defence.

Many Hindus believe the Babri mosque was only built after the destruction of a temple that marks the birthplace of their god Ram. Advani, now 89, has consistently denied a criminal conspiracy to destroy the mosque.

6 December 1992 - The disputed structure on Ramjanmabhooomi at Ayodhya was razed by hundreds of "karsevaks". The order of the Allahabad high court which upheld the dropping of charges on a technical ground has been reversed.

The future of the site itself remains uncertain; as the BBC reports, "Hindus want a temple built at the site, while Muslims want a new mosque".

He said those accused of demolishing the Babri Masjid should get harsh punishment because it will send a message that it was an attack on the secular fabric of the country. His trial, however, will be delayed until his stint as governor of Rajasthan state is over because the position of governor gives him immunity from prosecution.