Indian court charges top politicians in Babri Masjid case

Indian court charges top politicians in Babri Masjid case

Lucknow (Online): An Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday charged a minister and two senior leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with criminal conspiracy over demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992 that triggered deadly religious riots.

According to details, the trio was accused of inciting a Hindu mob to destroy the 16th-century Babri mosque, which ignited a wave of religious violence across India.

Water Minister Uma Bharti, two leaders of Modi’s party Lal Krishna Advani and M M Joshi, were among 12 present at the court in Lucknow as the judge read out the charges against them.

The accused denied any involvement in the demolition of the mosque, but the court ruled there was enough evidence on record to bring charges of criminal conspiracy.

However, they were granted bail.

The case itself has witnessed many ups and downs on account of political upheavals, slow prosecution processes and a lethargic judicial system.