Babri Masjid demolition case: CBI court grants bail to Advani, Joshi, Bharti on personal bond
Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti on Tuesday have been granted bail by the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each in the case related to 1992 Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya, reports said.
“We have submitted the discharge application. If the Court rejects it, then charges will be framed,” said Prashant Atal, lawyer of the accused told media persons.
BJP stalwarts appeared before a special CBI court in Lucknow for the framing of conspiracy charges.
BJP leader Vinay Katiyar and one-time Hindutva firebrand Sadhvi Ritambara too presented themselves before the court in the politically sensitive case.
On May 26, the BJP leaders were ordered to appear by the special CBI court. While directing the accused to present themselves in person, special CBI judge SK Yadav had asked had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained.
The court, which is hearing two cases relating to the demolition of the masjid, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya and Satish Pradhan.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath greeted Advani, Joshi and others at the VVIP guest house before the hearing.
The Supreme Court had on April 19 ordered prosecution of Advani (89), Joshi (83), 58-year-old Uma Bharti, and other accused for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive case. It had also ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years.
However, the Supreme Court had said BJP leader Kalyan Singh, who is the Rajasthan Governor and during whose tenure as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh the disputed structure was razed, is entitled to immunity under the Constitution as long as he holds the gubernatorial office.