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`Proof against Advani did not warrant strong suspicion'

Rae Bareli Sept. 21 . The Special Court here trying the Ayodhya demolition case has found ``strong suspicion'' of the involvement of the Human Resource Development Minister, Murli Manohar Joshi, and six other Sangh Parivar leaders which resulted in its order to frame charges against them while letting off the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, against whom there was ``merely a suspicion''.

In his 130-page order, the Special Judge, V. K. Singh, has relied heavily on the statements of the witnesses with regard to Mr. Advani's role which the court felt were of conflicting nature, thereby not creating a ``strong suspicion'' that he was involved in the offences.

In reaching its decision, the court has cited a Supreme Court ruling in the `Union of India vs. Prafulla Kumar Sama and others' case in which the Apex Court said that if the court was satisfied that there could be two equal viewpoints and if the evidence indicated ``some amount of suspicion but not serious suspicion the accused could be discharged.''

The Magistrate said: ``After considering the arguments and evidence, I am of the opinion that there appears to be two view points with regard to the charges against Mr. Advani... In my opinion, there is merely a suspicion and not a strong suspicion that he (Mr. Advani) did commit the crime,'' he said. — PTI

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