Babri Masjid case: CBI court to frame additional charges against Advani, others

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New Delhi: A special CBI court hearing the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition cases is likely to frame additional charges on May 25 against BJP leader LK Advani and other accused after the Supreme Court ordered restoring of the serious criminal conspiracy offence against them.
The court on Wednesday granted bail to former Shiv Sena MP Satish Pradhan after he surrendered in Delhi in another Babri Masjid demolition case.
Special CBI court judge SK Yadav granted him bail on two sureties of Rs 20,000 each and a personal bond of the same amount.
Pradhan appeared in the court and moved a surrender application, which was allowed and he was sent to judicial custody, special public prosecutor CBI Lalit Kumar Singh, adding he later moved a bail plea.
The special court here, which began day-to-day hearing in the politically sensitive case on May 20 after a Supreme Court direction, had earlier granted bail to five VHP leaders in this case.
Besides Ram Vilas Vedanti (59), those who were granted relief by the CBI court on May 20 were VHP leaders Champat Rai (71), Baikunth Lal Sharma (88), Mahant Nritya Gopal Das (79) and Dharmdas Maharaj (68).
The Supreme Court had on April 19 directed that Advani, Union minister Uma Bharti and BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi will face trial on conspiracy charges. It had transferred their case from Raebareli to Lucknow.
It directed the special court to start proceedings in the matter within a month and deliver its verdict within two years.

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