India BJP leaders face conspiracy trial in Babri mosque case

India BJP leaders face conspiracy trial in Babri mosque case


NEW DELHI: India’s top court says several senior leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party will stand trial for their role in a criminal conspiracy to destroy a 16th century Babri mosque in 1992.

The Supreme Court said Wednesday that the trial will be held in the northern city of Lucknow and should wrap up in two years. A lower court had earlier dropped conspiracy charges against senior party leaders including L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti.

In March, Indian Supreme Court suggested for an out-of-court settlement of Babri Masjid and Ram Mandir dispute.

The demolition of the mosque by Hindu mobs in 1992 triggered some of India’s worst riots that killed about 2,000 people. Cases were registered against many culprits including notable figures like Kalyan Singh, the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shiv Sena-head Bal Thackeray and L. K. Advani. Yet, no judgment has been passed till date on this barbaric attack.

Hindus wants to build a temple on the site. Muslims want the mosque rebuilt after it was demolished in 1992. The case has been languishing in India’s sluggish legal system for almost 25 years.-AP