BJP leaders to face trial for violence

Supreme Court today permitted the retrial and fast tracked it to be completed within two years.

The apex court said that the matter would be heard on a day-to-day basis in a Lucknow court and ordered joint trials restoring conspiracy charges against Advani and other leaders, according to Live Law.

According to the NDTV, Kalyan Singh, former Chief Minister, is now a governor, so he has immunity from prosecution.

The Allahabad High Court had earlier dropped the criminal conspiracy charges. Advani, 89, was originally and along with party colleagues like Murli Manohar Joshi, charged with making inflammatory speeches that motivated lakhs of right-wing volunteers or karsevaks to pull down the mosque in 1992.

During the last hearing, the central probe agency had told the apex court that criminal conspiracy charges against BJP leaders Advani, Joshi and some others must be revived.

"We can't say anything, will first study the court order".

The Supreme Court today allowed the CBI's appeal and also ordered the clubbing of two trials that are now going on in the Babri demolition case.

Several of the original accused, including Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, have died during the trial.

The four — L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh — have said that the mosque's demolition was a spontaneous eruption by angry Hindu activists.

Many Hindus believe that the mosque was built over the birthplace of Hindu god - Lord Ram.

The razing of the mosque on December 6, 1992 led to religious riots across India that left at least 2,000 people dead.

The firebrand leader also asked the government to bring a legislation in Parliament to build a grand Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

The order is seen as a huge setback for former BJP chief Lal Krishna Advani and his colleagues.

Senior lawyer and convener of the Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC), Jafarayeb Jilani said, "We are happy with the SC order and we had waited long for such directives".

"Why did the CBI contest the UP court's verdict in the Supreme Court?" His trial, however, will be delayed until his stint as governor of Rajasthan state is over because the position of governor gives him immunity from prosecution.

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