Friday, February 18, 2011

Babri: CBI challenges clean chit to Advani

New delhi (7 star news)

fiday moved the Supreme Court challengingthe Allahabad High Court's decision to drop charges of criminal conspiracy against BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The move assumes significanceas it comes on the eve of the budget session of Parliament.

In its appeal, the agency has said that the high court had not come to the right conclusion and the charges of criminal conspiracy should be restored against Advani and 20 others.

On May 20 last year, the high court dismissed CBI's plea seeking revival of criminal conspiracy charges against top BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders, which included Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Vinay Katiyar, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya, Sadhvi Rithambara and Mahant Avaidya Nath.

Other leaders against whom CBI sought restoration of charges were: former Madhya Pradesh chief Minister Uma Bharti and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, besides Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.

In a 44-page judgement, Justice Alok Kumar Singh of the Lucknow bench said there was no merit in CBI's revision petition challenging the May 4, 2001, order of the special court, which directed dropping of criminal conspiracy charges against the said leaders.

There are two sets of cases: one against Advani and others who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, when the Babri Masjid was demolished and the other case against kar sevaks.

Upholding the 2001 order of the special CBI court, Justice Singh had said, "Nothing is found against the correctness, legality, propriety or regularity in respect of any of the findings of the lower court." All the 21 were charged under sections 153A IPC (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace).

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