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BJP lashes out on Oppn. over 'subjudice' Babri Masjid issue

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Lashing out on the opposition over allegations of criminal conspiracy and political vendetta, the (BJP) claimed that if resignations were to be made based on a chargesheet, 'the entire Party would have resigned in its own tenure.'

Speaking to ANI here on Thursday, leader Shaina NC, while addressing the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya as a 'subjudice' issue, asserted that nothing would be done without the complete consensus of the stakeholders involved in the matter.

"There will be a conclusive judgement based on examining the evidence. There are sentiments of lakhs of Indians involved in the matter. Any decision will be taken legally following all the adequate guidelines of the Supreme Court," she said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the apex allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) appeal in the Babri Masjid demolition case and restored criminal conspiracy charges against supremos L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh among others.

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.

Defending his party veterans, leader Rahul Sinha dismissed claims of conspiracy, stating that the building of the Ram Temple was in line with the demands of Indian nationals.

"These allegations are baseless. Nobody has been accused so far; the matter is under investigation. There is no political involvement in the matter," he said.

The apex ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Raebareli against Advani, Joshi and Bharti and unknown 'kar sevaks' shall be brought together in one trial.

The Supreme also directed the trial court in Lucknow to commence the proceedings in four weeks and hear the matter on a day-to-day basis so as to complete the hearing in two years. The apex court also said there will be no 'de novo' (fresh) trial.

The has been ordered to ensure that at least one prosecution witness appears in the trial court for recording of testimony.

To ensure speedy trial, the top court has given two important directions - first, no party shall be granted adjournments without the sessions judge being satisfied of the reasons for it; second, the trial judge hearing the case shall not be transferred till the judgement is delivered.

The Supreme Court also said that its order should be followed in letter and spirit. 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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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 07:19 IST