India BJP leaders face conspiracy trial in 1992 mosque case
- Author: Elsie Buchanan Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 0:16
The Supreme Court said that Kalyan Singh enjoys Constitutional immunity as Rajasthan Governor and can be tried only after he ceases to hold office.
The Supreme Court order also added that the trial judge of the case can not be transferred till the case is closed.
The two-judge bench has ordered daily hearings, sought a verdict in two years, indicated that the trial judge should not be transferred and ruled against the demand for a retrial.
The apex court directed the trial court to proceed expeditiously in the case and said that court should not grant unnecessary adjournments in the trial proceeding. The first involved unnamed "karsevaks", the trial of which is taking place in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relate to the BJP leaders in a Rae Bareli court. That trial is being held in Rae Bareli.
SC restored conspiracy charges against senior BJP leader LK Advani.
Today's court order that the trial be completed in two years means that a verdict in the case will come around the time of the next Lok Sabha polls due in 2019, and may result in bringing back BJP's core issue of Ram temple construction into limelight. "However, hearing in the Ayodhya case take place, there will be a polarization in public sentiment as some will be in favor of a mosque, while some will favor a temple".
Supreme court today has given its Judgement on the Babri Masjid case.
Along with the BJP Veterans other leaders who would be tried include Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal and late Giriraj Kishore.
The trial for conspiracy in the Babri Masjid demolition case is now being held in Rae Bareli.
Both have previously spoken with pride about their role in the mosque's demolition, which sparked anti-Hindu violence in neighbouring Pakistan and Bangladesh and the worst religious riots in India since partition.
At the time of the mosque's 1992 destruction, Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state, where Ayodhya is located.
"The CBI, which is in the hands of Narendra Modi, told the Supreme Court that a criminal conspiracy case should be initiated against Advani and others, then, what should the Supreme Court do", asked the RJD leader.
On Wednesday Bharti denied the mosque had been destroyed as part of a conspiracy, and said she would visit Ayodhya in the evening to pray to Lord Ram.
The Allahabad High Court had earlier dropped conspiracy charges against the accused. His trial will begin once his term as Governor ends.
Now, the country's Supreme Court has made a decision to revive criminal conspiracy charges against four veteran ruling party politicians over the destruction of a mosque 25 years ago.
"The government should immediately challenge the CBI's petition before the largest bench of the Supreme Court", he added.