New Delhi, April 19: With Supreme Court restoring conspiracy charges against Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi in Babri Masjid demolition case, the big question is– Are the top leaders of BJP out of the presidential race now?
It is certainly a huge setback for the saffron Party. The presidential elections are due in July this year and names of Advani and Joshi for President and Vice President were doing rounds in the media reports.
On moral grounds, Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti may also be required to resign the coveted political post.
The Apex Court on Wednesday revived the conspiracy charges against 13 BJP leaders, including L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
The Court has ordered daily hearings of the case in Lucknow with no adjournment and set a clear 2-year-deadline for the final verdict. Taking a strict note, the court has also said there will be no fresh trial and the judge at Lucknow court would not be transferred during the case.
The CBI is asked to ensure presence of at least one prosecution witness everyday. The court has also asked all the parties involved to report the breach of any of the above to the court.
Being Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh has received constitutional immunity, and he is excluded from Supreme Court ruling.
The other leaders who would be tried are: Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal and Late Giriraj Kishore.