SC to examine appeal against dropping of charges in Babri case

SC to examine appeal against dropping of charges in Babri case
SC to examine appeal against dropping of charges in Babri case

The Supreme Court today kept its options open on examining the dropping of conspiracy charge against accused like L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti in the demolition of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri structure in Ayodhya in 1992.

The apex court also came up with the option of ordering a joint trial of cases arising out of the two FIRs lodged in the wake of the demolition of the disputed structure.

“There are 13 persons who were discharged only on technical grounds. Today, we are saying why can’t we club both the cases and have a joint trial,” a bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman said.

“We will not accept the discharge on technical grounds and we will allow supplementary charge sheet,” the bench said.

These observations were made orally during a brief hearing by the bench, which posted the matter for further hearing on March 22.

However, the clubbing of two FIRs was opposed by the counsel for the accused on the ground that there were different sets of persons named as accused in the two cases, the trial of which were at an advanced stage at two different places.

They were of the view that joint trial would lead to the beginning of proceedings de novo (afresh).

Altogether, 13 persons including Advani, Joshi and Bharti were discharged of conspiracy charge in the case, the trial of which is being held at a special court in Raebareli.

The second set of case was against unknown ‘karsevaks’ who were in and around the disputed structure and the trial was being held at a court in Lucknow.

The appeals were filed by one Haji Mahboob Ahmad (since dead) and the CBI against dropping of conspiracy charges against BJP leaders Advani, Joshi and 19 others for demolition of the disputed medieval structure on December 6, 1992.

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

Besides BJP leaders Advani, Joshi and Bharti, conspiracy charges were dropped against Kalyan Singh (presently Governor of Rajasthan), Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and VHP leader Acharya Giriraj Kishore (both have since died).

( Source – PTI )

Babri Masjid: SC irked at delay in challenging Allahabad HC order

The Centre as well as the CBI has been lambasted by the Supreme court for deliberate delay in challenging the order of Allahabad High Court dropping charges of criminal conspiracy against Sangh Parivar leaders including L K Advani in Babri Masjid demolition case. 

The Allahabad High Court had quashed the charges of criminal conspiracy against senior BJP leaders namely Mr L K Advani,Mr Murli Manohar Joshi, the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, BJP MP from Faizabad Vinay Katiyar, newly appointed BJP Vice-President Uma Bharti, VHP leaders Ashok Singhal, Praveen Togadia, Sadhvi Ritambhara, Vishnu Hari Dalmia and others. 

CBI filed the appeal after a delay of about two years.

A bench comprising Justices H L Dattu and J S Khehar was not satisfied with the response of CBI on the issue of delay.

Babri Masjid was demolished by kar sevaks on December 6, 1992, at Ayodhya in district Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Pandya’s widow seeks arrest of real culprits

Ahmedabad, Aug 31  Jagruti Pandya, widow of slain BJP leader and former Gujarat Minister Haren Pandya, today sought cooperation of Chief Minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP leader L K Advani in the re-investigation into her husband’s murder so that “real culprits still roaming free” could be booked.

 

Addressing a news conference two days after the Gujarat High Court acquitted all 12 accused for slack investigation in the case, Ms Pandya vowed to continue her fight for justice and urged Mr Modi to ensure that ‘real’ culprits in the case are brought to book and punished.

 

“Mr Modi should show that he is an ideal chief minister by ensuring justice to me. My family is eagerly waiting for a positive response from Mr Modi’s side in this regard,” she said.

 

“There was BJP rule at the Centre as well as in the state when my husband was murdered on March 26, 2003. The Gujarat High Court verdict has vindicated many apprehensions about the course of investigations. That shows that real culprits are still roaming free. I want the truth behind my husband’s murder come out. Without Mr Modi’s co-operation, one cannot clear speculations regarding the murder,” she added.

 

Ms Pandya said, “Despite several apprehensions about the murder, I have kept up my faith in the judicial process for past eight years. The verdict clearly suggests that real culprits are still at large and here is the limit of my tolerance.

 

My husband was a disciplined worker of BJP, I too believe in discipline. BJP is a family to me and party patriarch Mr Advani is like a father to me. I hope he will stand by this daughter in her fight for justice. When the tragedy struck our family, my both sons were very young. I was a simple housewife and suddenly I had to take up dual responsibility of a mother and a father for my children.”

Mosque demolition: Clean-chit for Advani challenged by CBI

The CBI Friday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict discharging Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani and 20 others of the allegation of demolishing the Babri Masjid in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya Dec 6, 1992.

Advani and 20 others were discharged by the high court May 20, 2010 in a case in which they were accused of conspiracy to demolish the Babri Masjid.

The move by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) assumes significance as it comes on the eve of the budget session of parliament and the government, clouded by various scams, appears to be on the back foot in the wake of the opposition parties’ offensive