‘Advani is the Kohinoor of Ayodhya movement’


New Delhi: After the Supreme Court delivered its judgement in connection with the conspiracy charges against senior Bharatiya Janta Party leaders including L. K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharati, union minister Uma Bharati in an interview with TV channel Aaj Tak said that Ramjanam Bhoomi movement was in opposition to the constant humiliation faced by the Hindus for many years. She said that she is proud of her acts in the Ram Janambhoomi- Babri Masjid demolition dispute. She said that the dispute could be settled out of the court and emphasised that she is ready to go to her jail if the apex court finds her guilty.

She said that the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court approves of her participation. However, she declined to declare the date of her visit to the disputed site. She emphasised that she shall not turn it into a media event. She had announced that she would visit the disputed site in the midnight on Wednesday.

Replying to question party’s decision to part itself from the Ramjanam Bhoomi movement, she said she would choose to remain silent. However, she said that the party has passed the resolution to build the Ram temple in many meetings in Himachal Pradesh and other states.

Commenting on her participation, the accused in the case would be decided by the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court and she would record her statements before the court only. Replying to a question on the participation of other accused in the case, she said, “Advani ji is our Kohinoor”.

Restoring the conspiracy charge, a bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman also transferred their trial from Rae Bareli to Lucknow. Pronouncing the judgment, Justice Nariman said that since Kalyan Singh being the Governor of Rajasthan enjoys constitutional immunity from being prosecuted, the trial court would proceed against him the day he ceases to be the Governor.

The court also said that the trial court in Lucknow would frame additional charges against Advani and others and proceed against them.

The court said that there would be no de-novo trial and the trial court judge would not be transferred till trial was over. Directing the trial court to complete the trial in two years time, the top court said that it would proceed on a day-to-day basis and there would be no adjournments.

The court said that adjournment would take place only if the trial court judge feels that it was impossible to proceed and fix the next date of hearing after recording the reasons for the adjournment.


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