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Yogi Adityanath visits Ayodhya a day after Babri masjid case hearing

This will be Adityanath's first visit, post taking charge as Chief Minister

ANI  |  Ayodhya 

Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visits Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya. Photo: ANI

A day after the crucial hearing in which senior (BJP) leaders were slapped with charges of criminal conspiracy, Chief Minister visited Lord Rama's birthplace Ayodhya today.

This was Adityanath's first visit, post taking charge as Chief Minister.

Yesterday, he had paid a visit to veterans Lal Krishna Advani, and Uma Bharti, who had come to to appear before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in the demolition case.

In a major setback to Advani, Joshi and Uma, the court yesterday rejected their discharge application, framing charges against them and the other nine accused in the demolition case.

Charges of criminal conspiracy under section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have been framed.

However, the accused will now move the High Court against the court's order.

Earlier yesterday, the court granted bail to all the accused by signing a personal bond of Rs. 20,000.

"They have been granted bail by signing bonds of Rs. 20,000. We have submitted discharge application. If the court rejects it, then charges will be framed," said lawyer of accused Prashant Atal.

The court had also asked leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP's Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person.

While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the judge had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained.

The court, which is hearing two separate cases relating to the demolition, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the second matter.

First Published: Wed, May 31 2017. 09:51 IST