Spl court defers framing of charges in Ayodhya case

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 26, 2017

On May 20, the special CBI court began day-to-day hearing in the politically-sensitive case and granted bail to the five VHP leaders named as accused in it.

A SPECIAL CBI court is likely to frame charges on Friday against BJP leader L K Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti, party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi and others in a Babri Masjid demolition case, which has been transferred to Lucknow from Rae Bareli on orders of the Supreme Court.

The court was hearing a case against the accused alleged to having been involved in demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya in 1992.

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, on Thursday only Pradhan appeared before it and sought from the court that charges should be framed against him because he was ill and unable to walk.

While the case of 28 accused was taken up in Lucknow CBI court, six of them died.

The conspiracy charge against Mr Advani and others was dropped by a special CBI Court in 2001, and upheld by the Allahabad High Court in 2010.

The apex court had also come down heavily on the CBI for the delay of 25 years in the trial. While a charge sheet in the Lucknow court was filed in October 1993, a supplementary charge sheet was filed in November 1996.

However, in April 2017, the Supreme Court had ordered that the three senior BJP leaders will be tried for their role in the conspiracy to bring down the Babri Masjid.

While a charge sheet in the Lucknow court was filed in October 1993, a supplementary charge sheet was filed in November 1996.

Earlier on Monday, the court postponed the hearing as Satish Pradhan, one of the accused, did not appear before it.

The case shall not be adjourned on any ground except when the sessions court finds it impossible to carry on the trial for that particular date, it had said.

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