New Delhi: In a judgement of great political significance, the Supreme Court Wednesday revived the charges of conspiracy against senior leaders of the ruling BJP - L.K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi , Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, Union Minister Uma Bharti - for the demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque in 1992.
The bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman also transferred the trial from Rai Bareli to Lucknow and sought its completion in two years.
Pronouncing the judgment, Justice Nariman said that since Kalyan Singh, who is now 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 said that the trial court in Lucknow would frame additional charges against Advani and others and proceed against them. The court said that, in view of the importance of the trial, the 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 adjournment.
The apex court verdict has come on the plea of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) challenging the Allahabad High Court order that dismissed the conspiracy charge against Advani and others.
Advani, Joshi, both of whom are in their eighties, and others were present at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 when Hindu fanatics brought down the Babri Masjid mosque alleging that it was built on the site of an ancient Ram temple that was destroyed by Mughal emperor Babur. That destruction led to widespread Hindu-Muslim riots in India and since then ties between the two communities have never been the same.