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Five accused in Babri demolition surrender in court, get bail

IANS  |  Lucknow 

Five of the six persons accused in the Babri Masjid demolition surrendered in a special here on Saturday and were subsequently released on bail.

Amid tight security in the ICMRT building in Indiranagar, where the proceedings are taking place, former MP Ram Vilas Vedanti, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders Champat Rai, Baikunth Lal Sharma, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and Dharmdas Maharaj reached there to surrender.

The had issued summons to them.

Satish Pradhan of the Shiv Sena however did not appear and is likely to surrender next week. His counsel Manish Tripathi said he was not keeping well. Tripathi also moved a bail application on which the will take a call late in the evening.

The Supreme had on April 19 directed the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Lucknow to begin proceedings in the matter within a month and wrap up hearing within two years.

The apex had also said that the trial judge will not be transferred during this period and the will take forward criminal charges against the 13 accused which include veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti.

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 16:18 IST
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