A day after senior BJP leader LK Advani was conferred with Padma Bhushan, he got a set-back from the top court on Tuesday morning.
The Supreme Court sent notice to LK Advani, along with other senior BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti and four others on a plea seeking charging the leaders with criminal conspiracy in Babri Masjid demolition case.
The Public Interest Litigation was filed by Mehboob Ahmed, a defendant in the Ayodhya lawsuit. Ahmed is seeking the reversal of earlier orders passed by the Allahabad High Court which dropped the charges of criminal conspiracy in the issue of destruction of Babri Masjid on 6th December 1992.
Along with the BJP leaders, the Supreme Court also sought CBI’s reply on the same matter. Central Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating and contesting the matter in courts too had filed an appeal in Allahabad High Court against its order of dropping the conspiracy charges.
LK Advani and other senior BJP leaders have been given 4-weeks’ time to reply to the top court’s notice.
In all, two First Information Reports (FIRs) have been filed in the matter involving many BJP leaders and unknown number of kar sevaks. The senior leaders were specifically charged with making inflammatory speeches in the second FIR, whereas the first FIR recorded allegations of conspiracy by “lakhs of unknown kar sevaks (volunteers).”
These two FIRs were merged and the matter was handed over to the CBI which had filed a charge sheet in the matter in October, 1993.
In 2001, a lower court hearing the matter, had dropped the conspiracy charge against LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and four others. The lower court had opined that the act of commission of crime was related only to the kar sevaks.
The Allahabad High Court too had affirmed the lower court order when its ruling was challenged.