India ruling party leaders face trial in 1992 mosque attack

Putting up a courageous face, the Uttar Pradesh unit of the BJP on Wednesday said it has full faith in the judiciary after the apex court allowed a CBI plea seeking trial of top party leaders for criminal conspiracy in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The criminal case in Raebareli court stands shifted to the Lucknow court.

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

It also said that the trial judge of Lucknow "shall not be transferred" till conclusion and delivery of judgment in the sensational case. The bench also said that unless there are exceptional circumstances, there should be no adjournments during the case and no judge hearing the case can be transferred.

Earlier in the day, the apex court allowed the CBI plea to restore the criminal conspiracy charge against Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti in the 1992 Babri demolition case.

Then in September 2010, two-thirds of the disputed site was awarded to Hindu parties and one-third to the Waqf board by the Allahabad High Court. Eight of suspects have died since.

The bench also ruled that Kalyan Singh, currently the governor of Rajasthan, enjoys constitutional immunity and won't be tried right now.

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INDIA'S Supreme Court sent four leaders of the ruling Hindu chauvinist BJP party for trial yesterday over the 1992 destruction of a famous mosque.

NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, We welcome the decision of the Supreme Court.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had charge-sheeted Advani and 20 others under sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the IPC.

It is pertinent to mention that the demolition of the mosque came after a movement led in part by Mr Advani for a temple to be built on the same spot where the masjid was constructed by the Mughals.

The Mughal-era mosque in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya was demolished by kar sevaks, or supporters of the right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), on December 6, 1992, sparking one of India's worst communal riots that left more than 3,000 people dead.

"What they (Supreme Court) have said today means there's clinching evidence that needs to be now argued out in the court", said party spokesman Sanjay Jha.