LK Advani, Others Asked to Respond to Plea Seeking Conspiracy Charge in Babri Case

LK Advani, Others Asked to Respond to Plea Seeking Conspiracy Charge in Babri Case
New Delhi:

Senior BJP leaders including LK Advani have been asked to respond to a petition that asks the Supreme Court to restore conspiracy charges against them in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition.

Mr Advani and the others - MM Joshi, union minister Uma Bharti and Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh - have been given four weeks to respond to the court's notice.

In 2010, the Allahabad High Court dropped conspiracy charges against these leaders for the razing of the 16th century mosque in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, by Hindu activists.  

A petition by Haji Mehboob Ahmed, a defendant in the Ayodhya lawsuit, wanted those charges to be reinstated. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal argued his case in court.

The court has also given the CBI more time to prepare its case in support of its appeal against the high court order.

The BJP leaders face charges connected to two FIRs or police complaints after the mosque razing. The first alleges a conspiracy by "lakhs of unknown kar sevaks (volunteers)." The second FIR specifically accuses BJP leaders of making inflammatory speeches that incited the volunteers, who then went on to tear down the mosque they believed was built on the birthplace of lord Ram.

The two cases were merged and handed over to the CBI, which filed a composite charge sheet in October, 1993.

In 2001, a lower court dropped the conspiracy charge against the leaders on the ground that the case related only to the volunteers who razed the mosque. This was upheld by the High Court.