Senior BJP leaders including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti in fresh trouble as the Supreme Court expresses concern over delay in trial of the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
The Supreme Court today expressed concern over delay in trial against people involved in demolition of Babri Masjid. The apex court has said that joint trial of the accused could be held in the matter to speed up the judicial process.
The indication came from a bench of justices PC Ghosh and RS Nariman hearing a petition by the CBI challenging the Allahabad high court dropping conspiracy charges against the leaders, including senior BJP’s LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh. They also include several VHP leaders.
The Supreme Court’s observations came ahead of the last phase of assembly polls in the state.
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Singh, now the governor of Rajasthan, was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh when the Mughal-era mosque was demolished at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 by kar sevaks of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
The Hindu right-wing says Lord Ram was born at the spot where the mosque stood.
The SC bench also suggested to the CBI to club two cases pending in Rae Bareli and Lucknow and added that the matter will be heard in Lucknow. It posted the case for further hearing to March 22.
The demolition of the mosque, one the biggest incidents in India after Independence, had triggered bloodied communal riots across the country that had killed thousands of people in 1992.
Meanwhile the RSS-led organisations have been pushing for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site. The ruling BJP at the Centre has also been including the Ram temple in its poll manifestos over the years.