- Can go to jail if needed but there was no conspiracy: Vinay Katiyar
- CBI deliberately trying to target us, will face court verdict, he says
- Vinay Katiyar among 13 to be tried for conspiracy, top court ruled today
"I will go to jail if I have to ensure that a Ram temple is built in Ayodhya," said Mr Katiyar, 62, also stating, "We will face the Supreme Court decision. There was no criminal conspiracy. The CBI is deliberately trying to target us."
The top court's order today accepts a CBI request that Mr Advani and 12 others be tried for criminal conspiracy in the case. The country's premier investigation agency has alleged that Mr Advani and the others had plotted the demolition and that they had held a secret meeting at the residence of Vinay Katiyar on the night before December 6, 1992, when lakhs of kar sevaks or volunteers pulled down the mosque.
The leaders are also accused of making provocative speeches from a platform 200 metres away from the mosque just before it was razed.
Vinay Katiyar was then the BJP member of Parliament from the Faizabad constituency of Uttar Pradesh, of which Ayodhya is a part. He is the founder of the Bajrang Dal, an outfit linked to the BJP's ideological mentor the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS and has been one of the prominent faces of the movement for a temple to be built at the spot where the Babri mosque was constructed by the Mughals.
Many Hindus believe that the mosque was built over the birthplace of Lord Ram and they want a temple to be built there.
The Supreme Court is deciding who the disputed site belongs to.