Yogi Adityanath arrives in Ayodhya, day after court charges Advani, Bharti, Joshi in Babri demolition case

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday arrived in the city and visited the Hanuman Garhi temple.

PTI May 31, 2017 14:13:45 IST
Yogi Adityanath arrives in Ayodhya, day after court charges Advani, Bharti, Joshi in Babri demolition case

Ayodhya: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya on his first visit to the town after taking charge.

Yogi Adityanath arrives in Ayodhya day after court charges Advani Bharti Joshi in Babri demolition case

File image of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. PTI

The visit assumes significance as it comes a day after criminal conspiracy charges were framed against top BJP leaders in the Babri mosque demolition case by a CBI special court.

The UP chief minister, who arrived here in the morning, spent around 30 minutes at the makeshift temple in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid complex. He later offered payers on the banks of the Saryu River.

Adityanath began his visit by offering prayers at the Hanumangarhi Temple in Ayodhya.

He was accompanied by Dharam Das, against whom conspiracy charges were framed on Tuesday along with the other BJP leaders.

A special CBI court in Lucknow had on Tuesday framed charges against BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharti and nine others in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case.

Before Advani reached the court, Adityanath had met him at the VVIP guest house in Lucknow.

The Supreme Court had ordered restoration of the conspiracy charge against them on 19 April.

All six were on Tuesday granted bail by CBI special judge SK Yadav on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each after rejecting the CBI's opposition to their bail plea.

The apex court had while restoring the charge of criminal conspiracy, directed clubbing of two cases relating to the demolition. The court had also ordered that the trial be concluded in two years.

The CBI had filed chargesheet against 21 people in the case. Many of them, including Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and the VHP's Acharya Giriraj Kishore, Ashok Singhal, Paramhans Ram Chandra Das and Mahant Avaidhynath, have since died.

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