LK Advani denied exemption in Babri Masjid demolition case, told to appear on 30 May

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A special CBI court on Thursday deferred till 30 May framing of charges against six accused in one of the two Babri Masjid demolition cases, after five of them sought exemption from appearance.

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Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan are the accused in the case.

Pradhan, a Shiv Sena leader, was present in the court today. But special CBI court judge S K Yadav said that since the other five accused had sought exemption, it would not be possible to frame charges against him alone.

Postponing the matter till 30 May, the court said no further adjournment would be allowed.

The special court is likely to frame charges todday against BJP leader L K Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti, party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi and others in the second case which has been transferred here from Raebareli on the direction of the Supreme Court.

The apex court had on 19 April restored the serious criminal conspiracy offence against Advani and the other accused in the case and directed the court frame charges.

Besides the BJP three leaders, the conspiracy charge would now be invoked against Vinay Katiar, Sadhvi Ritambara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia.

Altogether, 13 persons including Advani, Joshi and Bharti were discharged of conspiracy charge in the case, the trial of which is being held at a special court in Raebareli.

The Allahabad High Court too had upheld the lower court’s verdict on acquittal, but the Supreme Court, last month, decided that these men should face trial for criminal conspiracy.

Advani along with party colleagues like Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi, charged with making inflammatory speeches that motivated lakhs of right-wing volunteers or karsevaks to pull down the mosque in 1992.

(With additional inputs from PTI)

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