New Delhi: A special CBI court on Thursday ordered BJP leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi to appear before it on May 30 after conducting day-to-day hearing on the 1992 Babri demolition case.
The court refused exemption from personal appearance to Advani and Union Water Resources Minister Bharti.
The BJP leaders had moved court seeking exemption from personally appearing in court for the hearing of their role in the conspiracy to raze the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
While the conspiracy charges against the trio were dropped by a special CBI court in 2001, and later upheld by the Allahabad High Court (HC) in 2010, the apex court in April had ruled that the BJP leaders, and some Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders will have to face trial for their alleged role in the conspiracy to demolish the mosque. The CBI had also pressed for the charges.
The Supreme Court had asked the Lucknow-based special court to conduct day-to-day hearing, frame fresh charges within a month, and wrap up the case within two years.