The Supreme Court on March 22 postponed reviving conspiracy charges in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case against BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Giriraj Kishore among others by a day
This case has been postponed by a day as Justice Rohinton Nariman was not part of the hearing of the case. The hearing came a day after an SC bench called for an out-of-court settlement of the Ram Mandir issue,
For filing documents, KK Venugopal, representing Advani and others, sought more time from the SC. The CBI has urged the court that the matter is taken up tomorrow itself.
With the BJP forming the government in Uttar Pradesh, led by CM Yogi Adityanath, has raised hopes of the majority community that Ram Mandir would be constructed at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
The appeal has been filed by CBI against the Allahabad HC order dismissing the charges against Advani, Joshi, Bharti, former UP CM Kalyan Singh and other BJP and VHP leaders.
There are two cases, in Lucknow and Raebareli, going on against Babri Masjid demolition in 1992 of which Advani and 12 others were acquitted of the charges by the Raebareli court.
The CBI, prosecuting both the Lucknow and Raebareli cases, appealed against the Raebareli decision and the to the Allahabad HC upheld Raebareli’s verdict. It was then that the CBI took the matter to the SC.
On March 6, the SC said that it did not want the conspiracy charges to be dropped and suggested that the two trials be clubbed as one.
It may be mentioned here that on March 22, the SC had recommended an out-of-court settlement in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid issue.