Lucknow, May 22: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will resume hearing in the Babri Masjid demolition case on Monday. On Saturday, the court granted bail to five Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders who were facing charges in the case. The five accused – former MP RV Vedanti, VHP leader Champat Rai, BL Sharma, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and Dharamdas – surrendered before the court on Saturday and were granted bail after signing a surety bond worth Rs 20,000.
This comes after the Supreme Court had earlier this month allowed the CBI’s plea in the Babri Masjid demolition case and restored criminal conspiracy charges against BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh among others. However, Kalyan Singh, who was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992, enjoys constitutional immunity as the Rajasthan Governor and can be tried only after he leaves office.
The apex court ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Raebareli shall be brought together in one trial. The Supreme Court also directed the trial court in Lucknow to commence the proceedings in four weeks and hear the matter on a day-to-day basis so as to complete the hearing in two years. The apex court also said there will be no fresh trial.
The Supreme Court also said that its order should be followed in letter and spirit. If the parties involved feel that the top court’s order is not being followed in letter and spirit then they will have the liberty to approach the apex court.