Lucknow, May 31 (KMS): Top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders including L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Indian Minister, Uma Bharti, have been charged in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case by a Lucknow-based special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court which ordered framing of charges invoking criminal conspiracy provision against them.

A last-minute bid by the three leaders and nine other accused to get discharged from the case was foiled when the court rejected their plea in this regard. All the accused were earlier given bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 each.

High drama marked proceedings in court, with BJP workers shouting slogans outside and hailing the leaders.

Ahead of the proceedings, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called on Advani and Joshi and held meeting with them for over 20 minutes. He was later seen animatedly discussing some issues with the lawyers present in the court.

Special Judge, Justice S.K. Yadav, observed that there was enough evidence against the leaders that required framing of conspiracy charge against them. The conspiracy charge has been added against the leaders, who also face offences under various sections, including 153 (A) of the IPC (promoting religious divide).

Advani’s counsel, K.K. Sharma said they will appeal against the judgment in the High Court.

The Indian Supreme Court had directed the special CBI court in Lucknow to hold daily hearings on the 25-year-old matter and wrap it up within two years.

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