A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court of Lucknow on 30 May 2017 granted bail to all accused of Babri Masjid Demolition Case including BJP stalwarts Murli Manohar Joshi, LK Advani and Union Minister Uma Bharti on personal bond of Rs 50000 each.
The court was hearing two separate cases relating to the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. In the second case, the court announced that it will frame charges against all these BJP leaders and other senior leaders including Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan.
Special CBI judge S K Yadav mentioned that no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance of these accused will be entertained in the court.
There are two sets of cases relating to the Babri Masjid demolition on 6 December 1992. The first involves unnamed 'karsevaks', the trial of which is taking place in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relate to the BJP leaders in a Rae Bareli court.
In 2001, a CBI court had dropped the conspiracy charges against all these accused. However, on 19 April 2017, the Supreme Court ordered prosecution of Murli Manohar Joshi, LK Advani, Uma Bharti and other accused for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive Babri Masjid case.
The Supreme Court also asked the special CBI court to conduct day-to-day hearing, frame fresh charges within a month, and wrap up the case within two years.
Babri Masjid Case: Timeline
• December 1992: After Babri Masjid's demolition, two FIRs were registered in the case: one was against demolition of the mosque by karsevaks and second was against 13 BJP leaders including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiyar for delivering communal speeches before the demolition.
• May 2001: Special CBI court dropped conspiracy charges against 13 accused, including Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti and others.
• November 2004: CBI court ruling was challenged before the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court.
• May 2010: Advani and the others were pardoned as Allahabad High Court upheld CBI court order.
• September 2010: Allahabad HC awarded two-thirds of Ayodhya site to Hindu parties and one-third to WAQF Board.
• February 2011: CBI moved SC arguing the demolition bid was a concerted conspiracy.
• May 2011: SC stayed Allahabad HC verdict on Ayodhya dispute calling it flawed and ordered the Special CBI court in Lucknow to frame criminal conspiracy charges against the BJP leaders.
• March 2017: The Supreme Court ruled that it won't accept dropping of charges against Advani and other leaders and case must be revived.
• April 2017: The Supreme Court restored criminal conspiracy trial against L K Advani, M M Joshi, Uma Bharti and other senior BJP leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
SC restores trial against L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti in Babri Masjid demolition case
When: 30 May 2017