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Babri Masjid demolition case: Supreme Court adjourns case till tomorrow

A special CBI court had ordered dropping of charges against Advani, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Murli Manohar Joshi.? Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION New Delhi, Bhavbhuti Marg, Ajmeri Gate, Delhi, India Mar 22, 2017, 04.22 AM (IST)

The Supreme case has adjourned the Babri Masjid demolition case which involved examining the conspiracy charges against BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli M Joshi, Uma Bharti and others.

The apex court will take up the matter tomorrow.

India's top court had earlier refused to accept dropping of charges against senior BJP leader LK Advani and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case and had raised concern over delay in trial and favoured a joint trial of the accused.

There are two cases in the Babri demolition - one is against LK Advani and others who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj on December 6, 1992 when the demolition happened and the second case is against thousands of "karsevaks" (volunteers) who were in and around the structure.  

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), had challenged the May 21, 2010 verdict of the High Court which upheld a special CBI court verdict.

The special CBI court had ordered dropping of charges against Advani, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Murli Manohar Joshi. 

The Babri Masjid was demolished allegedly by a group of karsevaks on December 6, 1992 in India's northern city of Ayodhya in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It was allegedly demolished at the behest of top Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders, several cases have been lodged since then against various people including political outfits and BJP, VHP leaders. 

Yesterday, India's apex court asked BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy to settle the Ayodhya issue through negotiations which would be agreed upon by all petitioners and respondents. The Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar also offered to mediate the Ayodhya dispute.

The Supreme Court said if negotiations break down then it will intervene and appoint a mediator for a peaceful resolution. India's highest court added the Ayodhya dispute is a sensitive and sentimental issue and it is best that it is settled amicably.

Supreme Court asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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