IUML welcomes Babri verdict, says Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti must resign

Babri Masjid demolition case CBI ''a beast running wild'' under BJP rule says Vinay Katitar

The Supreme Court of India said on Wednesday that senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others will be tried for conspiring to bring down the 16th-century Babri mosque in Ayodhya 25 years ago.

Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court ruling in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, and demanded that BJP leader and union minister Uma Bharti be sacked from the cabinet. But the court's decision to order the trial, and for it to be completed within two years, will be a blow to the BJP and revive debate about the brand of Hindu nationalism within Mr Modi's party.

The top court has also ordered the CBI to ensure that witnesses are produced in court everyday so that there is no delay in the Babri demolition case trial.

Restoring the conspiracy charge, a bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman also transferred their trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow. Both Advani and Joshi had opposed the top court taking recourse to Article 142 for transferring the trial to Lucknow and revival of the conspiracy charge.

However, another accused in the case Kalyan Singh, who was BJP's chief minister of Uttar Pradesh when the mosque was demolished and is now the governor of western state of Rajasthan, will be prosecuted once he demits the constitutional office.

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Prasad asserted that BJP highly respects its leaders like Advani and Joshi.

The party has held the position that the demolition of mosque was not planned but a spontaneous act of agitating "kar sevaks" and there was no conspiracy behind its razing on December 6, 1992 at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

During the hearing, the bench also said that supplementary charge sheet was filed against eight persons but not against the 13 who were discharged.

Two FIRs filed in the case.

Others who will face criminal conspiracy charges are Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal. CBI had charge-sheeted Advani and 20 others under sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the IPC. He added that Advani was a "scapegoat" (bali ka bakra) in the demolition case.

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