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Insight: SC revives criminal conspiracy charges against Advani, Uma Bharti

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The court said that there would be no de-novo trial and the trial court judge would not be transferred till trial was over. The bench also ordered that separate trial courts at Rae Bareli and Lucknow should be clubbed and conducted in the capital of Uttar Pradesh only and directed that trials should be completed in two years.

The SC on Wednesday excluded BJP leader Kalyan Singh from the charges saying that till he holds the post of Governor of Rajasthan, no case would be registered against him.

Mr. Advani, 89, alongside other party colleagues Murli Manohar Joshi were originally charged with making inciting and agitating speeches that motivated thousands of right-wing zealots to raze the historic mosque in 1992.

Now, the country's Supreme Court has made a decision to revive criminal conspiracy charges against four veteran ruling party politicians over the destruction of a mosque 25 years ago. While the trial for first set involved unnamed volunteers (BJP supporters) is taking place in a Lucknow court, the second set of cases relate to the BJP leaders is in a Raebareli court.

Several of the original accused, including Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, have died during the trial. This would change with the judgment rendered by the Supreme Court today.

He was asked whether the ruling would mean resignation of Bharti, the Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, from the Union Cabinet and Kalyan Singh as Rajasthan Governor.

Hindu hard-liners, including BJP members, say they want to build a new temple to Ram on the site.

Allahabad High Court to drop criminal conspiracy charges against Advani and other leaders in a Babri Masjid demolition case. In the last 25 years, 195 witnesses have been examined and 800 more are yet to testify before the court. Advani was hopeful of becoming at least the President after he was not able to become Prime Minister in 2014. It said the disputed spot was Lord Ram's birthplace, that the mosque had been built after the demolition of a temple and that it was not built in accordance with the tenets of Islam. "If charge sheet is the rule (to resign), then just calculate, how many Congress chief ministers will (have to go)", he said.

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