New Delhi, April 19: Reacting to the Supreme Court’s latest judgement on conspiracy charges against senior Bharatiya Janta Party leaders including Lal Krishna Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati in Babri Masjid demolition case, Rashtriya Janta Dal leader and former railway minister Laloo Prasad Yadav said that the case was pursued in connivance with Central Bureau of Investigation to prevent the presidential bid of Lal Krishna Advani. Laloo Prasad Yadav emphasised that CBI could not proceed in the case until the investigation agency gets the nod from the Central government.
The judgement comes a shocker to senior party leaders including Lal Krishna Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati. Reacting to the Supreme Court judgement, Union Minister Uma Bharati said that she has no remorse for her acts and she is ready for any punishment by the apex court. She further emphasised that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was no conspiracy and it was open act by the karsevaks.
Restoring the conspiracy charge, a bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman also transferred their trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow. Pronouncing the judgment, Justice Nariman said that since Kalyan Singh being the Governor of Rajasthan enjoys constitutional immunity from being prosecuted, the trial court would proceed against him the day he ceases to be the Governor.
The court also said that the trial court in Lucknow would frame additional charges against Advani and others and proceed against them.
The court said that there would be no de-novo trial and the trial court judge would not be transferred till trial was over. Directing the trial court to complete the trial in two years time, the top court said that it would proceed on day-to-day basis and there would be no adjournments.
The court said that adjournment would take place only if the trial court judge feels that it was impossible to proceed and fix the next date of hearing after recording the reasons for the adjournment.
(With inputs from IANS)