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Updated: May 21, 2010 03:39 IST

Advani, others absolved of conspiracy charges

Atiq Khan
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SIGH OF RELIEF: Following the verdict the criminal proceedings against BJP leader L.K. Advani and 20 others related to the Babri Masjid demolition case will be dropped. File Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
SIGH OF RELIEF: Following the verdict the criminal proceedings against BJP leader L.K. Advani and 20 others related to the Babri Masjid demolition case will be dropped. File Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

In a respite to L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and 19 others in the Babri Masjid demolition case, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed CBI’s revision petition challenging a special court decision to drop criminal proceedings against them.

The CBI had sought a direction for continuing proceedings against BJP leaders Mr. Advani and Mr. Joshi, Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh and others in connection with the demolition of the mosque on December 6, 1992.

In his 44-page judgement, Justice Alok Kumar Singh of the Lucknow bench of the High Court said, “...Nothing is found against the correctness, legality, propriety or regularity in respect of any of the findings of the lower court.”

“There is no embellishment in the impugned order dated May 4, 2001 neither on factual or legal matrix. Hence there is no occasion for this court to make any interference in the impugned order,” the court said.

VHP leader Ashok Singhal and Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray were among the 21 who were given relief by the special court.

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