New Delhi: The Supreme Court todaon Wednesday allowed CBI appeal challenging withdrawal of criminal conspiracy charges against BJP leaders L K Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Union minister Uma Bharti and 18 others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
A bench comprising Justices PC Ghose and RF Nariman pronounced the judgement.
On April 6, the apex court had reserved its order as CBI had sought initiation of conspiracy charges against the saffron party leaders.
The CBI is contesting the May 2010 order by the Allahabad High Court absolving Advani and others of the charge of criminal conspiracy that led to the razing of the 16th century mosque.
The apex court had on March 31 issued notices to Advani and others asking them to file their replies on the plea by the CBI. There are two sets of cases. One is against Advani and others, who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 when the Babri mosque was demolished. The other case was against lakhs of karsevaks who were in and around the disputed structure.