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Babri Masjid Demolition Case: A Chronology

SC today restored criminal conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders

19/04/2017 12:29 PM IST | Updated 19/04/2017 12:30 PM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Following is the chronology of events in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case in which the Supreme Court today allowed CBI's appeal and restored criminal conspiracy charge against BJP leaders L K Advani and others:

Dec, 1992: Two FIRs filed in the case. One against unknown karsevaks for demolition of the mosque. The other named BJP leaders Advani, M M Joshi and others for allegedly giving 'communal' speeches before demolition.

Oct, 1993: CBI files composite charge sheet accusing Advani and others of conspiracy.

May 4, 2001: Special CBI court drops proceedings against accused including Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti, Bal Thackeray and others.

Nov 2, 2004: CBI challenges before the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court, the dropping of proceedings against BJP leaders on technical grounds. Court issues notices.

May 20, 2010: High court dismisses plea. Says no merit in CBI's revision petition.

Feb, 2011: CBI moves Supreme Court against high court order.

Mar 6, 2017: SC indicates it may consider reviving conspiracy charge against the BJP leaders in Babri Masjid demolition case.

Mar 21: SC suggests fresh attempts to resolve Ayodhya dispute.

Apr 6: SC favours time-bound completion of trial in the case and reserves order on CBI's plea.

Apr 19: SC restores criminal conspiracy charge against leaders including Advani, Joshi and union cabinet minister Uma Bharti in the case and clubs the trial in the matter pending against VIPs and karsevaks.

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