Babri demolition: SC to hear CBI plea against Allahabad HC verdict on BJP today

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Thursday hear a plea from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Allahabad High Court's order to drop criminal conspiracy charges against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Babri Masjid demolition case (1992).

According to the report, there are two sets of cases in the matter - one was against BJP veteran L.K. Advani and his supporters who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, the unfortunate day, when the Babri mosque was demolished and the other case was against lakhs of 'karsevaks' (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure.

CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code.

CBI had subsequently invoked charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the high court.

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