Bench pulls up absenting counsel, asks Rae Bareli court to speed up trial against Advani

On the 20th anniversary of the pulling down of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya, the Supreme Court directed the Rae Bareli court to expedite the trial against BJP leader L.K. Advani and others in the demolition case.

A Bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and C.K. Prasad on Thursday pulled up counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation for non-appearance in its appeal against dropping of conspiracy charges against Mr. Advani and others. The Bench expressed its displeasure to the CBI lawyer when he said Additional Solicitor-General A.S. Chandhiok, who was to represent the agency in the appeal, was held up in another court.

The Bench told the lawyer that the CBI was taking this case casually and directed that matter be listed for further hearing after six weeks. Meanwhile ...

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