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Babri case: Oppn. demands Bharti's resignation, action against others

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Welcoming the Supreme Court's decision of allowing the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) appeal challenging the withdrawal of conspiracy charges against senior (BJP) leaders including L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, the Party on Wednesday demanded action against them.

Speaking to ANI, leader Pramod Tiwari said those ministers holding constitutional positions must offer their resignations.

"I salute the Supreme Although the decision came late, it was expected. The tried a lot so that justice is not delivered. It is said that justice delayed is justice denied. All the tactics of the has failed," he added.

Resonating similar sentiments, Nationalist Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik said Union Water Resources and River Development Minister is also a conspirator in the matter and so it becomes the responsibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately sack her from the position.

"It also becomes the responsibility of Kalyan Singh to resign from his post," he added.

The apex has ruled that senior leaders including Advani, Bharti and Joshi will face criminal conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The apex has directed the sessions judge in Lucknow to conduct the trial in the Babri demolition case on a daily basis, and that the judge will not be transferred. It also ruled out a fresh trial in the case.

The top has also ordered the to ensure that witnesses are produced in everyday so that there is no delay in the Babri demolition case trial. The trial will have to be completed in two years.

However, the apex has clarified that Kalyan Singh, being Governor of Rajasthan, will not be tried due to constitutional immunity unless he ceases to be in that post. In effect, his trial will begin after his term as Governor ends.

Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh when the demolition took place.

Others who will face criminal conspiracy charges are Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal. The late Giriraj Kishore is also among the names in the original chargesheet.

There were two sets of cases relating to the demolition of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992.

The first involved unnamed 'karsevaks' or volunteers, the trial of which is taking place in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relate to the VVIPs in a Rae Bareli

With today's order, both these cases are merged and will be heard in Lucknow.

The order comes after the had petitioned the apex saying 14 people, including leaders, who had been acquitted of the charges under criminal conspiracy, should be tried in the Lucknow

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 12:11 IST