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NEW DELHI — An In­dian judg e char ged a minis ter in P rime Minis ter Nar en­dra Modi’s g overn­ment and s enior l ead­ers from his r ul­ing p arty with crim­i­nal c on­spir­acy y es­ter­day in c on­nec­tion with the 199 2 de struc­tion o f the Babri mosque by a Hindu mob in north­ern Ut­tar P radesh s tate. The ac t unl eashed deadly r eli­gious rio ts that kill ed s ome 2 000 peopl e. W ater R es­ources Minis ter Uma Bharti and s tal­warts o f the rul­ing Bhar atiya Janata P arty l ed b y L.K. A dvani and M.M. Jo shi appe ared in court in the cit yo f Luc­kno wt o he ar the char ges. All thr ee deny any r ole in the r az­ing o f the mo sque. R espond­ing to the char ge, Bharti said: “I don ’t con­sider my self a crim­i­nal. ” — R eu­ters.

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