Lucknow: As per media reports, special CBI court granted exemption senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti from personal appearance in court in the case of criminal conspiracy in the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
As per The Tribune report, citing old age, the counsels moved application seeking the exemption of these leaders from personal appearance during the trial.
Bharti’s counsel pleaded extensive travel as the reason for her inability for daily appearance before the court. Special CBI judge SK Yadav passed an order granting them the exemption. However, Justice Yadav made it clear that the leaders would have to appear before the court whenever they were asked to, reads notes in The Tribune.
While these three leaders have been exempted, the special court has asked BJP leaders Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person.
Giving an inkling of not being in a mood to accept similar applications from the other accused, the judge made it clear that no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained.
On April 19, the Supreme Court had issued a directive to hear the Babri demolition case on a day-to-day basis and to complete the trial within two years.
On May 30, the special CBI court in Lucknow framed charges against 12 persons, including Advani, Joshi and Bharti.