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Advani, Joshi to face trial in Babri Masjid case

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The Supreme on Wednesday allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) appeal challenging withdrawal of conspiracy charges against senior (BJP) leaders including L. K. Advani in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition matter.

The apex said that the trial has to be completed in two years, adding that day-to-day hearing would continue in a

Governor Kalyan Singh, being in a constitutional post has been given certain relief from the top

Advani and M.M. Joshi have to face criminal conspiracy charges in the matter.

Union Water Resources and River Development Minister will also have to face criminal conspiracy charges in the case.

The apex also ordered that no adjournment would be given under normal circumstances, adding that no judge hearing the case would be transferred.

Earlier on April 6, the apex reserved its order on whether criminal conspiracy charges should be initiated or not against various (BJP) leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The told the apex that 14 persons, including leaders, who were acquitted of the charges under criminal conspiracy should be tried in in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The lawyer, however, did not name the leaders to be tried for criminal conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The lawyer told the apex that there are two FIRs registered against all accused in the case.

The probe agency also told the top that the criminal conspiracy charges were dropped against 21 accused, including several leaders, on technical grounds and added that the bench of the Allahabad High had upheld the lower court's order.

The apex was examining whether to revive the conspiracy charges against senior leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and several others in connection with the case.

Earlier, the apex had asked all parties to file their response in the matter and said it will hear the matter after two weeks.

There are two sets of cases - one against veteran Advani and others, who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, when the Babri mosque was demolished.

The other case was against lakhs of 'karsevaks' (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure.

The had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

It had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, which was quashed by the special whose decision was upheld by the High

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