Special CBI court summons accused in Babri demolition case

The special tribunal of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked all the accused, including party leader Bharatiya Janata L.K. (BJP) Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi, who appears before May 30 in connection with the demolition of the Babri mosque case.

Earlier on Monday, the court adjourned the hearing, while Satish Pradhan, one of the defendants, did not appear before him.
“I came to the hearing because I was summoned by the court. This is our judicial system,” Pradhan told ANI.

The Supreme Court on April 19 ordered the special court to initiate a proceeding within a month and make its verdict within two years.

On May 20, the CBI special court began its daily hearing in a politically sensitive case and released bail to the five Hindu World Council leaders (VHP) after signing a bond for Rs. 20,000.

The court heard a case against the defendants allegedly involved in the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya in 1992.

This comes after the Supreme Court upheld the CBI’s appeal in the Babri Masjid demolition case and reinstated the criminal conspiracy charges against Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, among others.

However, Kalyan Singh, who was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992, enjoys constitutional immunity as governor of Rajasthan and can not be tempted after leaving the office.

The highest court ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Raebareli against Advani, Joshi and Bharti and unknown ‘kar sevaks’ meet in an essay.

The highest court also ordered the court of first instance to start the Lucknow process in four weeks and listen to the issue overnight to complete the hearing within two years. The highest court also said there would be no “de novo” (new) trial.

The IWC was ordered to ensure that at least one prosecution witness to appear before the trial court for the record of testimony.

To ensure a speedy trial, the Supreme Court gave two important guidelines: First, no party can be suspended without the judge of the sessions will be satisfied reasons; Secondly, the judge hearing the case can not be transferred before the judgment has been given.