30/05/2017 12:13 PM IST | Updated 30/05/2017 12:13 PM IST

Yogi Adityanath Greets Advani With Flowers Before Framing Of Charges In Babri Demolition Case

Senior BJP leaders are appearing in court today in connection with the case. 

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LUCKNOW -- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today met senior BJP leader L K Advani who is here to appear before a special CBI court in connection with a case relating to the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

The chief minister welcomed Advani with a bouquet of flowers as the former deputy prime minister stopped at the VVIP guest house before leaving for the special court.

Yogi was waiting at the guest house for Advani along with other state leaders.

Later, the chief minister held a meeting with Advani and other senior leaders.

Senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharati are appearing before a special CBI where charges will be framed against them for their alleged role in the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992.

Charges would also be framed against Sadhwi Ritambhara, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Vinay Katiyar and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Vishnu Hari Dalmia.

Last week, counsel of the accused had moved a plea in the court to exempt Advani, Joshi and Bharati from personal appearance, but it was turned down.

Charges against six others accused in the matter - Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Baikunth Lal Sharma, Dharm Das, Champat Rai Bansal and Shiv Sena's Satish Pradhan, who were granted bail, will also be framed on Tuesday.

All the accused are facing charges of conspiring to bring down the mosque.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had opposed dropping the charges against these leaders in the Supreme Court after which the the apex court 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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