Babri Masjid Demolition Case: I have taken part in it with devotion, I don’t consider myself as a criminal, says Uma Bharti

Babri Masjid Demolition Case was finally presented before the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday, in which BJP stalwarts LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti were accused for allegedly taking a large crowd of Hindu Kar Sevaks (activists) to demolish 16th-century Babri Mosque in the city of Ayodhya, in Uttar Pradesh.

The court has granted bail to the accused till next hearing.

Further, their lawyer is planning to appeal before the court:

BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti will soon appear before the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court for framing of charges in the historic case.
As of now, the leaders have left for Lucknow on Tuesday morning at the behest of the special CBI court as they refused for any exception or adjournment. Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti will appear with other aide BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Hindutva preacher Sadhvi Ritambara.
According to the news agency ANI, Bharti refuted the conspiracy charges against the leaders. “It was an open protest, as it was during the time of emergency. What conspiracy was there in it I don’t know,” she said.
She further mentioned: “It is the matter of God and in such a case I can only have expectations from him. Since I have taken part in it with devotion, I don’t consider myself as a criminal.”
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath came to meet the senior BJP leader LK Advani at Lucknow guest where he has been staying.
Babri Masjid Demolition Case History:
The then home minister had sat up the Liberhan Commission in the case of destruction of the mosque. Under the leadership of retired High Court Judge M. S. Liberhan, the case had been heard for over 399 within a span of 16 years. The report was submitted by the committee on June 30, 2009 to Manmohan Singh government.
Key Findings:

  • On 6 December 1992, the demolition of historic mosque Babri, in Ayodhya was “neither spontaneous nor unplanned”
  • The Supreme Court accepted a petition against central government, BJP, for closing the case with CBI investigation, the organization that takes the orders of the government itself. The court further asked the CBI to explain the delay in preceding the case
  • In April 2017, Supreme Court of India restored criminal conspiracy charges against L. K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and others
  • Supreme Court ordered the case to have the final verdict within a period of two years
  • The apex court further had described the demolition of the medieval-era monument as a “crime” which shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution”.

Judicial orders:
BJP leader leader Kalyan Singh, who was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992, is exempted from the case and granted immunity until he is serving as the Governor of Rajasthan.
Special CBI judge S K Yadav told that no special status application will be accepted in favour of political leaders or for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance in the court.
The Supreme Court has also transferred the 25-year-old case from Raebareli court to Lucknow

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