Babri Demolition had Narasimha Rao Govt’s Backing : Ex-BJP MP Vedanti

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He said then PM PV Narasimha Rao had agreed to their request of not sending any forces in order to smoothen the process of demolition

Ram Vilas Vedanti, a former BJP MP. (File photo)

Earlier, The Supreme Court reinstated criminal conspiracy charges against BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, ex-BJP MP Vedanti and Uma Bharti in the Babri masjid demolition case.

The CBI had petitioned the court for restoring criminal conspiracy charges against the senior BJP leaders for the demolition of the Mughal-era mosque on December 6, 1992. The incident sparked one of India’s worst communal riots that left more than 3,000 people dead.

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After getting the bail, Former MP RV Vedanti, on Saturday, in an explosive revelation, said “How the demolition have had the backing of the then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao. He further added that,”PV Narasimha Rao had agreed to their request of not sending any forces in order to smoothen the process of demolition without any hindrance.

“On the night of December 5, 1992 around 11 pm, the then prime minister Narsimha Rao called me and asked what would happen tomorrow? I told him that the kar sevaks would not move back behind demolishing the structure. He then asked what help I wanted. I told him that if their forces don’t come, we would demolish it, to which Narsimha Rao agreed,” Vedanti told the media in Lucknow.

When asked about the involvement of other senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders such as LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi, He said that all of them had come to the spot after the action had begun, but they had requested the kar sevaks to come down the building and stop what they were doing.

“When the entire thing started, L.K. Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi and others came and asked the kar sevaks to come down from the structure. Kar sevaks were of the opinion that the temple would not be made until the ‘structure’ is demolished,” he said.

Special CBI court earlier today have granted bail to all accused ministers in the Demolition case. They were granted bail after signing a surety bond worth Rs. 20,000. The next hearing in the matter will be held today May 22.

The five accused, namely former MP R.V. Vedanti, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Champat Rai, B.L. Sharma, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and Dharamdas were asked to appear before the court after a notice was issued to them.

However, Kalyan Singh, who was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992, enjoys constitutional immunity as the Rajasthan Governor and can be tried only after he leaves office.

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Earlier The Supreme Court directed the trial court to commence the proceedings in four weeks to complete the hearing in two years by hearing the matter on a day-to-day basis. The apex court also said there will be no ‘de novo’ (fresh) trial. The CBI has been ordered to ensure that at least one prosecution witness appears in the trial court for recording of testimony.

To ensure a speedy trial, the top court has given two important directions – first, no party shall be granted adjournments without the sessions judge being satisfied of the reasons for it; second, the trial judge hearing the case shall not be transferred till the judgement is delivered.

Source : DC

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