SC pulls up CBI over delay in appealing Babri verdict
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This plea was turned down by the Bench, saying it could not let the CBI improve its case now by placing on record additional facts.
Senior lawyers K K Venugopal and Ravi Shankar Prasad, who appeared for Advani and others, objected to putting on record any new material. "In a normal case, we would not have any objection but this is purely political. Time is being sought to only further political agenda. They were given sufficient time and so now they only want to improve upon their case," they said.
The Bench accepted their submissions and asked Rao to argue on the question of limitation only on the basis of available documents.
It, however, allowed the CBI to place on record other documents that formed part of the orders passed by the Special CBI court and the Allahabad High Court in 2010, wherein conspiracy charges were dropped against a group including Advani and Kalyan Singh.
The others against whom charges were dropped included Satish Pradhan, C R Bansal, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Sadhvi Ritambhara, V H Dalmia, Mahant Avaidhynath, R V Vedanti, Paramhans Ram Chandra Das, Jagdish Muni Maharaj, B L Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar.
The court will now hear the case on February 13.
There are two sets of cases relating to the demolition of the Babri Masjid — one against Advani and others who were on the dais at the Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya when it was demolished, and the other against unknown karsevaks who were in and around the disputed structure.