Babri Masjid demolition case: Supreme Court defers hearing till 6 April

The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred for two weeks the hearing of a CBI plea seeking restoration of criminal conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders, including veteran leader LK Advani, in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. The hearing will now take place on 6 April.


Hindustan Times reported that the apex court deferred the hearing after LK Advani's lawyer, senior advocate KK Venugopal told the court he was occupied with another case. The CBI had initially charged Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh with conspiracy, but those charges had been dropped by the trial court. The agency then challenged the ruling in the apex court.

The issue has returned to the spotlight after the BJP received an overwhelming majority in Uttar Pradesh and appointed Hindutva posterboy Yogi Adityanath as chief minister, reviving the hopes of its supporters that the party will build a Ram Mandir at the site, Hindustan Times reported.

According to a report in the Financial Express, on Tuesday, the court advised an out-of-court settlement, saying that issues of religion and sentiment could be best resolved through talks.

Chief Justice JS Khehar also offered to mediate even as the bench headed by him suggested that the parties to the dispute adopt a “give a bit and take a bit” approach for a meaningful and sincere negotiations to resolve the issue.

The top court had on 31 March, 2015, issued notices to Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and others on the plea by CBI.

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Updated Date: Mar 23, 2017 12:20:32 IST