Babri Re­dux

India Today - - UPFRONT -

A CBI court in Luc­know re­jected an ap­pli­ca­tion by 12 BJP mem­bers to dis­miss charges of con­spir­acy against them over the de­mo­li­tion of the Babri Masjid in Ay­o­d­hya in 1992. Among those charged were former deputy prime min­is­ter L.K. Ad­vani, Union min­is­ter Uma Bharti and se­nior leader Murli Manohar Joshi. How­ever, bail was granted. The court said enough ev­i­dence was avail­able to charge all 12 with crim­i­nal con­spir­acy. Court pro­ceed­ings are ex­pected to be com­pleted in two years, in time for the 2019 gen­eral elec­tion. The BJP is sup­port­ing its lead­ers, with many mem­bers ex­press­ing con­fi­dence that all will be ac­quit­ted. Con­spir­acy charges were dropped by the Al­la­habad High Court in 2001 but re­vived in April this year by the Supreme Court.

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