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Leading BJP figures to face trial in Babri Mosque case

Members of governing BJP face criminal conspiracy charges over the 1992 destruction of Babri Mosque.

Leading BJP figures to face trial in Babri Mosque case

Members of governing BJP face criminal conspiracy charges over the 1992 destruction of Babri Mosque.

19 April 2017 Wednesday 11:00
Leading BJP figures to face trial in Babri Mosque case

India's top court says several senior leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will stand trial for their role in a criminal conspiracy to destroy a 16th century mosque in 1992.

The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that the trial will held in the northern city of Lucknow and should wrap up in two years.

A lower court had earlier dropped conspiracy charges against senior party leaders including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti.

Hindu groups say the Babri Mosque was built after a temple dedicated to the Hindu god King Rama was destroyed by Muslim invaders.

The destruction of the mosque led to religious riots across India that left at least 2,000 people dead.

The case has been languishing in India's sluggish legal system for almost 25 years.

Aljazeera

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