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Babri case: SC could revive conspiracy charges against Advani, Joshi, Bharti

The Supreme Court on Monday indicated that it may examine reviving conspiracy charges against top BJP leaders such as L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

A Bench led by Justices P.C. Ghose posted the case for March 22, when it is likely to hear on this aspect.

The court was hearing an appeal filed by the CBI and Haji Mahboob Ahamad against the dropping of conspiracy charges against Advani and the other leaders, which also included Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, who was Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister at the time of the demolition.

The court is likely to club both the Lucknow and Rae Bareli cases involving the leaders.

In a hearing in 2015, the Supreme Court had expressed concern over the delay in trial against people involved in the demolition and favoured a joint trial of the accused soon.

The court had sought the responses of Advani and 19 others on a petition that sought their trial on charges of conspiracy to demolish the Babri Masjid in 1992.

The CBI had accused them all, but a trial court discharged them in a decision upheld by the Allahabad High Court in 2010.