Babri mosque demolition: Indian SC issues notice to top BJP leader L K Advani

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The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday sought responses from senior BJP leader L K Advani and others on a plea against dropping of criminal conspiracy charge against them in the Babri mosque demolition case, reports Times of India.
A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu issued notices to the BJP leader and the CBI on a separate plea filed by Haji Mahboob Ahmad, one of the petitioners in the Babri mosque case.
Ahmad, in his plea, has alleged that CBI may dilute its stand in the wake of the change in the government at the Centre.
The apex court was hearing the CBI’s appeal challenging 2010 Allahabad high court verdict discharging of LK Advani and 19 other senior leaders of BJP and Hindu outfits the charges of criminal conspiracy in the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
The CBI which had moved the apex court February 18, 2011, nearly nine months after the Allahabad high court verdict May 20, 2010, has yet to persuade the court on the justification for delay in challenging the high court order.
The CBI in its appeal before the apex court has said that the verdict discharging Advani and others of the offence of criminal conspiracy “is inconsistent with the previous judgment rendered by the Allahabad high court on February 12, 2001”.
The Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court by its February 12, 2001 order had held that the trial court committed no illegality in taking “cognizance of joint consolidated charge sheet and all the offences were committed in the course of the same transaction to accomplish the conspiracy”.
The high court by its said order had noted that the “evidence for all the offences was almost the same”.

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