Babri case: SP MP, ex-Sena MLA surrender before court

Samajwadi Party MP Brij Bhushan Singh and former Shiv Sena MLA Pawan Pandey, against whom non-bailable warrants (NBWs) were issued, surrendered before the special court in Lucknow which is hearing the Babri Masjid demolition case, on Saturday. Both are accused in the case.

Warrants were issued against them because they did not appear in the court on December 17 and neither did any counsel appear on their behalf nor any exemption or adjournment application was submitted.

Special counsel for CBI Lalit Kumar Singh said both persons surrendered before Special Judge Shashi Mauli Tiwari. The court then recalled their warrants and fixed December 24 as the next date for hearing. The process of recording of evidence from witnesses is going on in the case. On December 17, prosecution witness Sudhir Kumar Srivastava appeared before the court for evidence but both Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and Pawan Pandey were not present. As a result, the evidence could not be recorded.

Brij Bhushan Singh is sitting Samajwadi Party MP from Kasiserganj constituency, while former MLA Pawan Pandey won the Assembly election on Shiv Sena ticket from Akbarpur seat in 1991. Pandey is now in the BSP. Singh and Pandey are among the persons chargesheeted in the Babri Masjid demolition case which was investigated by CBI. Singh was then in the BJP.

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