Won't accept dropping of charges against Advani, others in Babri demolition: Supreme Court

BJP leader LK Advani may become the next president of India.(Image credit: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph:( Others )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 06, 2017, 08.55 AM (IST)

India's top court said on Monday that it won't accept dropping of charges against senior BJP leader LK Advani and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Supreme Court also expressed concern over the delay in trial and favoured a joint trial of the accused.

The court was hearing a petition opposing dropping of criminal conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

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. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)