LEADERS DENY B ABRI MOSQUE CHARGE
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.