India ruling party leaders face trial in 1992 mosque attack

India ruling party leaders face trial in 1992 mosque attack

India ruling party leaders face trial in 1992 mosque attack

The apex court has said that the trial would be held in Lucknow on a day-to-day basis and will be completed within two years' time.

However, Kalyan Singh, who was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992, enjoys constitutional immunity as the Rajasthan Governor and can be tried only after he leaves office.

Advani, the 89-year-old veteran of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who shares a frosty relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other senior figures are accused by CBI of making inflammatory remarks in the run-up to the mosque's demolition.

Three senior figures within India's ruling party will be prosecuted for alleged criminal conspiracy over the 1992 demolition of a mosque in northern India, the country's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The apex court passed in response to CBI's appeal challenging withdrawal of conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders including LK Advani.

The SC has ordered a joint trial of the two sets of cases by transferring the trial from Rae Bareli to the Lucknow court.

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.

Several of the original accused, including Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, have died during the trial. Advani, now 89, has consistently denied a criminal conspiracy to destroy the mosque.

Hindu groups say the 16th century Babri Mosque was built after a temple dedicated to the Hindu god King Ram was destroyed by Muslim invaders.

The Supreme Court has been hearing the case since 2011 after setting aside a high court judgement which allocated two-thirds of the disputed site to Hindu groups, and the remainder to Muslims.

In an initial reaction to the Supreme Court order restoring criminal conspiracy charge against top BJP leaders including L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "the Supreme Court has spoken".

The Lucknow court is hearing the case against unknown "karsevaks" who were in and around the Babri Masjid when it was pulled down. Advani, now 89, has served as India's home minister and deputy prime minister. If the parties involved feel that the top court's order is not being followed in letter and spirit then they will be having the liberty to approach the apex court.

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