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Babri Masjid demolition case: LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti to face criminal charges

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New Delhi: In a big setback for the BJP led government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that its senior leaders including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati and several others will face trial on conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

A bench comprising Justice P C Ghose and Justice R F Nariman pronounced the judgement, ordering the trial at both Lucknow and Rae Bareli to be complete in two years.

The apex court, however, excluded former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, Who is at present serving as the Governor of Rajasthan and enjoys Constitutional immunity. No case will be registered against him, said the apex court. But his trial will begin after his term in office ends.

The top court said the trial will proceed on a day-to-day basis and on no grounds it will be adjourned. It further stated that the judges presiding over the case will not be transferred till the trial is concluded and judgment has been pronounced.

In 2010, the CBI has challenged the Allahabad High Court’s ruling to acquit Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti, the then UP Chief Minister and present Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh and others.

The CBI had moved the apex court on February 18, 2011 against the Allahabad High Court verdict.

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