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Babri Masjid demolition case highlights: CBI has evidence to charge Advani, Bharti, Joshi with criminal conspiracy

BJP stalwarts L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti will appear before a special CBI court for framing of charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

FP Staff May 30, 2017 17:34:16 IST
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Babri Masjid demolition case highlights: CBI has evidence to charge Advani, Bharti, Joshi with criminal conspiracy

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18:23 (ist)

If found guilty, accused in Babri Masjid demolition case could face imprisonment up to five years

A special CBI court on Tuesday charged the 12 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case of criminal conspiracy under Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to be read with sections 153, 153A, 295, 295A and 505, CNN-News18 said. Let's take a look at what the sections mean:

As per Section 120B, an accused, if found guilty, is punished according to the nature of the conspiracy. Considering the accused are also charged with other five sections (153, 153A, 295, 295A, and 505) of the IPC, if found guilty, they could be looking at an imprisonment of minimum six months to five years or more, depending on the CBI court's verdict.

Section 153, which talks about provocation with intent to cause a riot. Considering a riot was caused, the 12 leaders could be sentenced to imprisonment which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.

Section 153A talks about promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. The leaders could be subject to imprisonment which may extend to five years and are also liable to pay a fine.

Section 295 talks about injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class. This is punishable by imprisonment for a term of up to two years, a fine, or both.

Section 295A talks about deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. This is punishable by imprisonment for a term which may extend to four years, a fine or both.

Section 505, on the other hand, talks about making statements conducing to public mischief. It is punishable with imprisonment which may extend to five years and a fine.

12:55 (ist)

Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid row: All you need to know about the long-standing Ayodhya dispute

The dispute is at the heart of the Hindu-Muslim communal rift in Uttar Pradesh. For more than half a century, the dispute has fuelled mass polarisation in the state and has prompted the country's worst spate of religious violence since the Partition.

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12:46 (ist)

Special CBI court to frame charges soon; Advani, Uma Bharti and Joshi reach court

Special CBI court to announce charges in a while, TV reports have said. Special CBI court has convened, News18 reported. Counsels and judges to now start proceedings to frame charges in the Babri case. Meanwhile, reports said that a team of lawyers were present in the meeting between Yogi Adityanath and Advani at the VVIP guesthouse in Lucknow.

11:48 (ist)

Uma Bharti claims Babri was no conspiracy, it was a movement

Ahead of the court hearing on the Babri Masjid case, Union Minister Uma Bharti told the press that she does not consider herself a criminal. "This was an open movement like the one that gathered momentum against the imposition of emergency. I don't see from where did the conspiracy angle creep in," Bharti told ANI.

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May 30, 2017 - 18:27 (IST)

Future remains bleak for Joshi, Bharti and Advani and nine other accused

From being the face of the Hindutva brigade to now charged with criminal conspiracy, if found guilty, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti and LK Advani are likely to be looking at a rough ride ahead. The CBI court on Tuesday said that the investigation agency has sufficient evidence on record to charge them with criminal conspiracy, and set the next date for Wednesday.

Advani, 89, made his second appearance in the case in 25 years on Tuesday. The recent turn of events is likely to have impacted the senior BJP leader, who according to India Today, had refused to sign on the court documents but did so only after being convinced by his lawyers. Having been sidelined by the current BJP leadership by making him part of the inconsequential BJP Margdarshak Mandal, Advani may as well be looking headed for trouble.

As for Bharti, questions are being raised on whether Uma Bharti should step down considering charges are being framed. The BJP hasn't made any statement if she will or won't. In fact, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy was asked this during a live interaction on CNN-News18, he walked out.

Joshi, 83, was part of the triumvirate, which had guided the BJP in the 1990s, and one of key accused in the Babri demolition case. However, with Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the helm of affairs for the BJP, Joshi like Advani has been sidelined as well. If found guilty, the Babri demolition case will make things even more difficult for the senior BJP leader.

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May 30, 2017 - 18:23 (IST)

If found guilty, accused in Babri Masjid demolition case could face imprisonment up to five years

A special CBI court on Tuesday charged the 12 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case of criminal conspiracy under Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to be read with sections 153, 153A, 295, 295A and 505, CNN-News18 said. Let's take a look at what the sections mean:

As per Section 120B, an accused, if found guilty, is punished according to the nature of the conspiracy. Considering the accused are also charged with other five sections (153, 153A, 295, 295A, and 505) of the IPC, if found guilty, they could be looking at an imprisonment of minimum six months to five years or more, depending on the CBI court's verdict.

Section 153, which talks about provocation with intent to cause a riot. Considering a riot was caused, the 12 leaders could be sentenced to imprisonment which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.

Section 153A talks about promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony. The leaders could be subject to imprisonment which may extend to five years and are also liable to pay a fine.

Section 295 talks about injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class. This is punishable by imprisonment for a term of up to two years, a fine, or both.

Section 295A talks about deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. This is punishable by imprisonment for a term which may extend to four years, a fine or both.

Section 505, on the other hand, talks about making statements conducing to public mischief. It is punishable with imprisonment which may extend to five years and a fine.

May 30, 2017 - 17:54 (IST)

No conspiracy behind Babri demolition: Uma Bharti 

Uma Bharti, who faces charges of criminal conspiracy in the Babri Masjid demolition case, said on Tuesday that there was no conspiracy but an "open movement" which led to the demolition.

"I was present in Ayodhya on 6 December, 1992, which is no secret. Crores of BJP workers, lakhs of officials and thousands of political leaders participated. It was an open movement like the movement against the Emergency. I don't see any conspiracy," Bharti told the media.

Bharti said she appeared in the special CBI court out of respect for the court but had "expectations only from God".

"In a matter concerning God, my hopes also rest on God. Because I contributed (in the movement) with complete faith, I don't consider myself guilty," she said.

IANS

May 30, 2017 - 16:43 (IST)

All 12 accused will be held not guilty: BJP leader Sudesh Verma | News18

May 30, 2017 - 16:41 (IST)

Accused Vinay Katiar calls Babri demolition 'spontaneous' | TimesNow

May 30, 2017 - 16:28 (IST)

Today's was Advani's second court appearance in 25 years | MSN

The special CBI court, which rejected the discharge petition of all the 12 accused including senior BJP leader LK Advani on Tuesday, has been asked to pronounce a verdict within two years with the next date set for tomorrow. On Tuesday, Advani, 89, made his second court appearance in the case in 25 years.

May 30, 2017 - 16:23 (IST)

Uma Bharti refuses to comment, leaves CBI court | TimesNow

May 30, 2017 - 16:12 (IST)

LK Advani and others reject charges | India Today

Senior BJP leader LK Advani refused to sign the papers and only signed the court docs after being persuaded by his lawyers, India Today said. According to the TV news channel, Advani wrote on paper in Hindi: "Mai aaropo se inkar karta hu (I reject the charges)".

Advani has been charged with criminal conspiracy in the Babri demolition case under Section 120B read with sections 153, 153A, 295, 295A and 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). All the 12 accused in the accused in the case have also denied the allegation. the charges levelled against them are false. Court has fixed date for tomorrow.

May 30, 2017 - 16:07 (IST)

Enough evidence to charge Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti and others with criminal conspiracy: CBI court

The CBI court has said that th ere's enough evidence on record against Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others for framing charges of criminal conspiracy, PTI said.

Earlier today, the CBI court had rejected the discharge petition. The 12 accused in the case along with the three senior BJP leaders have been charged with criminal conspiracy under Section 120B read with sections 153, 153A, 295, 295A and 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

May 30, 2017 - 15:32 (IST)

Congress' Manish Tiwari wonders if BJP turning on own people

"I guess one person who will be contemplative today is Advani... Lot of people in BJP will be thinking if the government they put into office is turning on their own." Congress leader Manish Tiwari said after the court granted bail to Advani and others accused in the case but refused to discharge them of charges. 

BJP stalwarts L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti will appear before a special CBI court in Lucknow on Tuesday for framing of charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Besides them, special CBI judge S K Yadav had asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP's Vishnu Hari Dalmia and a one-time firebrand Hindutva preacher Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person.

While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the judge had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained.

Babri Masjid demolition case highlights CBI has evidence to charge Advani Bharti Joshi with criminal conspiracy

File image of senior BJP leader LK Advani. PTI

The court, which is hearing two separate cases relating to the demolition of the Babri Masjid, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the second matter.

The Supreme Court had on 19 April ordered prosecution of Advani (89), Joshi (83), 58-year-old Bharti, and other accused of criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive case. It had also ordered a day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years.

The top court had called the destruction of the medieval-era monument a "crime" which shook the "secular fabric of the Constitution" while allowing the CBI's plea seeking restoration of the criminal conspiracy charge against the four BJP leaders, including Katiyar (62), and others.

However, the Supreme Court had said BJP leader Kalyan Singh, who is the Rajasthan governor and during whose tenure as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh the disputed structure was razed, is entitled to immunity under the Constitution as long as he holds the gubernatorial office.

It had transferred the case against Advani, Joshi, Bharti and three other accused from a Raebareli court to Lucknow for a joint trial in the demolition case.

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