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Two weeks after showdown with Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Rajeev Dhawan retracts statements; to resume practice

Senior Supreme Court advocate Rajeev Dhawan has written to Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, retracting his statement that he would be giving up legal practice.The move comes two weeks after Dhawan said he would give up practice, following a showdown with Misra.Earlier, upset over a “humilitating” exchange in the Supreme Court between him and Misra during the hearing on Delhi Vs Centre on statehood case early this month, Dhavan, in a strong worded letter, had announced that he has given up court practice.In the letter, he said: “After the humiliating end to the Delhi (vs Centre) case, I have decided to give up court practice. You are entitled to take away the Senior Gown conferred on me, though I would like to keep it for memory and services rendered”.Two recent run-ins of Dhavan with the Chief Justice were widely reported in the media. During the Ayodhya case, Dhawan, Kapil Sibal, and Dushyant Dave pleaded that the Supreme Court defer hearing in the Babri-Ram Janambhoomi case until after the 2019 Lok Sabha election.Also read’After humiliating end to Delhi case,’ SC lawyer Rajeev Dhavan quits court practiceAccording to reports, Dhavan shouted at CJI Misra during the arguments. In another matter of Centre vs Delhi, Dhawan while representing the Arvind Kejriwal government, wanted to further a few more arguments even though Supreme Court had reserved its order in the case.After these two instances, CJI Misara said the trend of lawyers raising their voices showed their “inadequacy, incompetence and the fact that they are not even eligible to become seniors”.CJI Misra said: “If the Supreme Court Bar Association does not regulate such members, we will be forced to regulate them”.CJI further said: “When lawyers argue in a manner, not in tune with Constitutional language, we will tolerate it, but for how long? ”

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Padmavati, Babri issues are attempts to divide India: Professor Ram Puniyani

Padmavati row, Babri Masjid issue and incident at Rajsamand are attempts to divide India, and are a reflection of a deep-rooted patriarchy, said Professor Ram Puniyani, former engineer and human rights activist. He said this while speaking at a public lecture organised by Budget Analysis Rajasthan Centre and Action Aid India, Jaipur.“The Padmavati issue indicates two things — one is how British succeeded in dividing. Second, I think, this is also a reflection of deep set patriarchy which is increasing with divisiveness. The politics in the name of religion – Christian fundamentalism, Taliban, or Hindu Fundamentalism – all based on extreme patriarchy. In this extreme form, it is more like ‘our women and their women’, as if they are the owners of the women. Inter-religious marriages are looked down. Bajirao Mastani was also released, nobody opposed that,” Puniyani said.“Karni Sena feels it is their government everywhere, so they can go on a rampage. They feel their hooliganism will not be punished. Karni Sena is not a very thought out project. It is a fall-out project of Hindu nationalism,” he added.On the Rajsamand incident, the award-winning speaker on communal harmony, said violence comes out of hatred which is manufactured in the society while love is a natural phenomenon.“This hate is a part of a political ideology, which wants to divide the society, and wants to make a nation of people belonging to one religion. This is counter-productive for our development,” Puniyani said.While speaking about the Babri Masjid issue which marked completion of 25 years recently, he said that it should not be given further flair up. Whatever is decided by the Supreme Court should be followed. SC should also consider that rather than temple or mosque, something socially useful could be developed.“We need to come back to the values of Hindu Bhakti saints and Sufi saints. We need to uphold Ganga-Jamni Tehzeeb, the values of freedom movement, and in the principles of Indian constitution which believe in Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” Puniyani explained.

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‘After humiliating end to Delhi case,’ SC lawyer Rajeev Dhavan quits court practice

After a showdown with the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, senior Supreme Court lawyer Rajeev Dhavan has decided to quit court practice. In a letter addressed to CJI Misra, he said: “After the humiliating end to the Delhi (vs Centre) case, I have decided to give up court practice. You are entitled to take away the Senior Gown conferred on me, though I would like to keep it for memory and services rendered”. Two recent run-ins of Dhavan with the Chief Justice were widely reported in the media. During the Ayodhya case, Dhawan, Kapil Sibal, and Dushyant Dave pleaded that the Supreme Court defer hearing in the Babri-Ram Janambhoomi case until after the 2019 Lok Sabha election.According to reports, Dhavan shouted at CJI Misra during the arguments. In another matter of Centre vs Delhi, Dhawan while representing the Arvind Kejriwal government, wanted to further a few more arguments even though Supreme Court had reserved its order in the case. Also readPM Modi, Kapil Sibal take digs at each other over Ayodhya caseAfter these two instances, CJI Misara said the trend of lawyers raising their voices showed their “inadequacy, incompetence and the fact that they are not even eligible to become seniors”.CJI Misra said: “If the Supreme Court Bar Association does not regulate such members, we will be forced to regulate them”.CJI further said: “When lawyers argue in a manner, not in tune with Constitutional language, we will tolerate it, but for how long? ”

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No option but to build Ram Mandir, says RSS leader

Even as the Supreme Court begins final hearing in the land dispute case of Ram Janmabhoomi–Babri Masjid, the second-in-command in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Bhaiyyaji Joshi on Thursday declared that there was no option left but to construct Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.Joshi was speaking at the launch function of a book Ashok Singhal — Staunch and Perseverant Exponent of Hindutva on the life of firebrand Hindutva proponent and former international president of VHP and crusader of Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi Movement, late Ashok Singhal.Amid thunderous claps of saffron-clad audience in Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, Joshi said, “The Bhavya Divyata (divine intervention) of formation of a government that will uphold both niti (policy) and dharma (religion) happened in front of him (Singhal). Now there is no option left other than to construct Ram Mandir.”Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who was present as the chief guest of the event, too showered praises on late Ashok Singhal for his role in propagating the Ram Janmabhoomi issue across the world. Naidu said the book will serve as a useful guide for people who believe in Hindutva and those who want to know the way forward.The VP added that the Supreme Court had made clear in 1995 that Hindutva is a way of life, but people still talk about it as a narrow religious concept.Blurring the difference between Hindu and Hindutva, Naidu said, “Hindu is a dharma, a culture, a tradition in existence since the Adikal and the time of Vedas, and whether you call it Hindutva, Bharatiyata or Indianness…it is there and it believes in Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam (world is one family), Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava (equality of the destination of the paths of all religion) and Sarva Jana Sukhana Bahavantu (let all people be happy).”Known for his tongue in cheek remarks, Naidu said it is an unfortunate that some people still feel reluctant in calling themselves a Hindu but than say so because of political reasons. He said he would not elaborate because he is on a constitutional position.Swami Satyamitranand Giriji of Bharat Mata Mandir, Haridwar remembered Ashok Singhal as the chief motivator of Kar Seva (that culminated into the destruction of Babri Masjid).
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Mamata Banerjee says will protect Muslims, Dalits in state

An event billed as Communal Harmony Day organised by the youth wing of Trinamool Congress (TMC) ended up being a platform for BJP-bashing by top TMC leaders, led by party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.”Intolerance is the biggest programme of the government at the Centre and a political party. I am also a Hindu but that doesn’t give me any right to hate Muslims or Christians. What one will eat or wear is one’s own choice and no one has the right to intervene in it. It is a bigger problem than an emergency situation,” Mamata said at the public meeting to mark the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition.She said that on the one hand Dalits were being subjected to atrocities and on the other, when elections neared, BJP leaders went with to the houses of these Dalits and had food there which had been brought from five-star hotels.She also said that there were 31 per cent Muslims in West Bengal and 23 per cent Dalits who she would protect. “It is my duty to protect them and I will do that. If people say it is appeasement, so be it,” she said.She alleged that the Central government was setting central investigating agencies on people who dared to speak against them even as BJP leaders who had been accused of several cases had gone scot-free. “Our leaders had not taken any money…. In this case, they didn’t even want the money and were given forcefully,” she said. Mamata also claimed that she had been told that about 75,000 industrialists had settled abroad during the BJPs current tenure at the centre.Mamata’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee claimed that TMC would win all the Zila Parishads and would win all 42 Lok Sabha seats in 2019.He also challenged Mukul Roy, saying “If he contests in anyone and wins from there, I will quit politics,” he said.
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Gujarat elections 2017: In Dhandhuka, PM Modi attacks Cong with ‘Tanker Raj’ jibe

In a direct attack to Congress party leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed at him for linking 2019 Lok Sabha elections with Ram Mandir issue. He was speaking in Dhandhuka on Wednesday.While the rally started two hours late, due to extreme weather, Modi not just mentioned about ‘Vikas’ but also said that one family did great injustice to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Sardar Patel. When Pandit Nehru’s influence of the Congress was complete, the Congress ensured that Dr Ambedkar found it tough to join the Constituent Assembly.Further talking about ‘Tanker Raj’, Modi said, “Ambedkar was passionate about ensuring proper irrigation facilities to every part of India. BJP in Gujarat has ended the ‘Tanker Raj.’ Tanker business was firmly in the hands of Congress leaders and their families.” “We are in the process of installing solar pumps in farms and rooftops. In near future you will be given free electricity. It is not a lollypop and one time benefit but will have an effect to coming generations,” he said. Referring to what Sibal submitted in the Supreme Court on Tuesday Modi said, “Yesterday in Supreme Court, Sibal was arguing for the Babri Masjid. He is entitled to do that but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019? Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections. Is such thinking proper. Now, Congress links Ram Mandir with elections. They are least bothered about the nation.” Raking up the issue of triple talaq, Modi reminded the people of Dhanduka as part of the Gujarat Vikas Rally, that when the matter was in Supreme Court and the central government had to put their stand in an affidavit, many commented that Modi will remain silent for UP elections.”People told me not to speak on the matter or else it would have an impact on elections. But I said that I will not be silent as everything is not about elections. When it comes to the rights of women, I will speak. The issue was pending since the time of Rajiv Gandhi but it was for BJP, that now we have brought a law too.” In India, every now and then elections are there. If we take decisions based on polls, how will India progress. I would say let us have elections of LS and Vidhan Sabha together,” he said.
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PM Modi attacks Congress, Kapil Sibal for linking Ram Mandir with Lok Sabha elections

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked the Congress party and senior leader Kapil Sibal for linking Ram Mandir issue with politics.Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who is appearing for one of the parties in Supreme Court, had appealed that the matter be heard in July 2019 after completion of the next Lok Sabha polls as the atmosphere at present was not conducive.However, reacting to that, Modi said, “Yesterday in the SC, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid. He is entitled to do that but is it right for him to say: postpone hearing till 2019? Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections? Is such thinking proper,” the Prime Minister asked while addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Dhandhuka.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Congress visited calamity-hit areas a week later: PM Narendra ModiHe further added, “Now Congress is linking Ram Mandir with elections. They are least bothered about the nation.”Coincidently, today is the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya.Supreme Court has decided to hear the civil appeals filed by various parties challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid title dispute on February 8 next year.Also readGujarat elections 2017: A day after manifesto, Rahul Gandhi says Modi has no plans for Guj’s futureBJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao also tried to corner the opposition Congress over Sibal’s submission in the apex court.”By seeking deferment of the Ayodhya case until after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Kapil Sibal has politicised the legal dispute. The Congress must clarify if Sibal is representing it or the Sunni Waqf Board? Or, is it the case that the board and the Congress are working in tandem?” he asked.The Congress, however, distanced itself from Sibal’s argument in the court.”Congress has nothing to do with it as it’s Kapil Sibal’s personal matter who he represents in court,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.Also readAyodhya case: Firm Supreme Court schedules Feb hearing
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Babri Masjid demolition day: Centre issues advisory, VHP to ‘celebrate’ in Ayodhya

Ahead of the anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid, the Centre has asked all states to remain cautious and ensure that there was peace and no incident of communal tension anywhere in the country.In a communication to the states and union territories, the Union home ministry urged them to deploy adequate security forces at sensitive places and maintain extra vigil so that attempts to disturb peace could be foiled, a ministry official said today. The 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition could lead to demonstrations, protests and dharna by “both communities”, the ministry said, without naming them.So precautionary measures have to be taken and utmost vigil and alertness maintained to ensure peace and communal harmony, the home ministry said in the advisory sent recently. The demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, was followed by riots in which hundreds of people were killed. Home ministry officials said most of the state governments were expected to deploy additional forces in sensitive places, religious sites, markets, bus terminals and railway stations so that law and order could be maintained. On a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) call, entire Ayodhya will be decorated with ‘diyas’ on Wednesday to celebrate the silver jubilee anniversary of the Babri Mosque demolition. The VHP Spokesperson Sharad Sharma told DNA that grand celebrations are in store to mark the silver jubilee anniversary of Babri Mosque demolition. “All homes and temples in Ayodhya would be decorated with diyas and a torch procession would be taken out on Wednesday to celebrate the occasion,” said Sharma.The VHP has also organized Surya Sankalp Sabha at the Karsewakpuram to take a pledge for the construction of grand Ram temple at the disputed site. “Prominent sadhus and saints associated with the Ram temple movement will administer an oath to people to renew their pledge for the construction of the Ram temple at the earliest,” said the VHP Spokesperson. Sharma said that a unanimous decision was taken at the Dharm Sansad in Udipi (Karnataka) to construct Ram temple at the earliest. The Dharam Sansad had also made it clear that no mosque would be allowed near the temple, he added.“Our preparations are in full swing and we are only awaiting the Supreme Court final verdict to begin the construction of the Ram temple, clamed he. A booklet, containing matter related to Lord Ram birthplace, will also be released on the occasion. The same would be distributed across the country. Earlier, the Yogi Adityanath government had recreated Treta Yuga on the eve of Diwali by decorating Saryu ghats with 1.80 lakh diyas. The feat got a place in the Guinness Books of World Records. With PTI inputs
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Babri mosque: The build-up to a demolition that shook India

Hindu mobs tore down the 16th Century Babri mosque in the holy city of Ayodhya on 6 December 1992.

Sunni Waqf Board has no right on Ayodhya, should give up claim: Shia Waqf Board

Sticking to its stand on the Babri Masjid issue, the Shia Waqf Board today asked that the Sunni Waqf Board to give up its claim on the Shia property in Ayodhya and instead play a positive role in amicably resolving the temple-mosque disputes in Kashi and Mathura.”The Sunni Waqf Board has the right to put its views on the temple-mosque dispute in Kashi and Mathura but has no right with regard to Ayodhya…It need not interfere in the issues related to the Shia Waqf Board,” Shia Waqf Board Chairman Wasim Rizvi said in a statement here.Rizvi asked the Sunni Waqf Board to give up its claim over the Shia property.Also readAyodhya: Shia Board offers to give up land for templeThe Shia Waqf Board has enough documents to prove that the the mosque in Ayodhya was a Shia one and has presented them to the Supreme Court, but some maulvis and mullahs are sore over this initiative, Rizvi said.”The Shia Waqf Board wants to tell such hardliners that our initiative was taken in the national interest, is right, and the decision taken by the apex court will be binding on all in this regard,” he said.Also readAyodhya settlement draft to be ready by December 6: UP Shia Central Waqf BoardHe said that if the court decision is in favour of the Shia Board, a temple should be built at the site in Ayodhya as per the faith and belief of Hindus. The Shia Board will get a ‘Masjid-e-Aman’ constructed in Lucknow, he added.The Shia Waqf Board submitted a proposal in the Supreme Court on November 18 for resolving the long pending dispute, proposing construction of a mosque in Lucknow’s Hussainabad area and a temple in Ayodhya.
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1990 Ayodhya firing: Mulayam Singh Yadav killed my husband, Kar Sevak’s widow files case after 27 years

Twenty seven years after 1990 firing in Ayodhya, a widow of a Kar Sevak has filed a case of murder and conspiracy against then Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.Gayatri Devi, whose husband Ramesh Kumar Pandey was killed in firing in Ayodhya on November 2 1990, has filed a case against Muayam Singh Yadav under Sections 120-B and 302 of the Indian Penal Code. The case comes 27 years after firing on the Kar Sevaks in Ayodhya on the Yadav’s orders.In her petition, filed in the Court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistarte (ACJM) in Ayodhya, Gayatri Devi stated that Yadav has on a number of occasions publicly admitted that he had ordered firing on Kar Sevaks.Also read’Aur maarna padta toh suraksha bal maartey,’ Mulayam Singh Yadav justifies 1990 firing on karsevaks in Ayodhya“Since he (Mulayam Singh Yadav) has publicly admitted to issue orders for firing on Kar sevaks in which my husband was also killed, he (Mulayam Singh Yadav) should be charged with murder and conspiracy to kill my husband and other unarmed Kar Sevaks,” she pleaded.Gayatri Devi was particularly annoyed with the Samjwadi Party patriarch’s recent statement on his birthday on November 22 in which he said that “he would have ordered more killings of Kar Sevaks, if required, to save the country’s unity and integrity.”Also readMulayam Singh Yadav celebrates low-key birthday with son Akhilesh; brothers Shivpal, Ram Gopal stay away On his birthday, Mulayam Singh Yadav had also said that Samajwadi Party had got more seats after firing on Kar Seavks in Ayodhya than what it has got in 2017 Assembly polls.A total of 28 Kar Sevaks, including Gayatri Devi’s husband Ramesh Kumar Pandey, were killed when Yadav had ordered firing on them when they tried to march towards Babri Masjid on October 30 and November 2 1990.Also readAyodhya row: Welcome your efforts but won’t give up claim on Babri Masjid land, Muslim bodies to Sri Sri Ravi ShankarDuring hearing in the case against Mulayam Singh Yadav, Gayatri Devi’s counsel Vishal Srivastava also pleaded that the widow of the slain Kar Sewak has four children and her husband was the only bread earner in the family.“After his death in the firing, she had faced a lot of difficulties in raising four children without any financial support from state government,” pointed the Counsel.After admitting widow’s writ petition, the ACJM Court in Ayodhya has reserved its judgment which may land septuagenarian Mulayam Singh Yadav in trouble for publicly admitting his orders to open fire on Kar Sevaks.
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Ayodhya: Shia Board offers to give up land for temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Wakq Board (UPSCWB) has finally reached an agreement with Ayodhya sadhus and saints agreeing to surrender entire 2.77 acres of disputed land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple. The Board has also agreed to build mosque in Lucknow outside Ayodhya.In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court for the settlement of the land dispute outside court, the Board Chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi said that the Shia Board and Ayodhya seers have reached an agreement on November 13 to resolve the land dispute amicably. As per the agreement, the Shia Board has surrendered entire 2.77 acres of land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple and agreed to build mosque at Shia-dominated Hussainbad area in Lucknow.A four-page agreement between Shia Board and Hindus religious leaders has also been submitted along with the affidavit in the apex Court. The agreement is signed by Ram Janambhoomi Nyas Chairman Mahanat Nritya Gopal Das, All-India Akhara Parishad Chairman Mahant Narendra Giri, former BJP MP and VHP leader Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Mahant Dharam Das of Nirvani Akhara, Mahant Ram Das of Hanumangarhi, Mahant Suresh Das, Dr Rameshwar Das, member Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal VHP, Virendra Chaubey from Hindu side and Dr Waseem Rizvi on behalf of Shia Board and Muslim side.Rizvi said that Hindu organizations and leaders spearheading the Ram temple movement have agreed to the Shia Board formula and signed the agreement. “This will put an end to the ongoing dispute in court and erase the permanent schism between Hindus and Muslim over Babri mosque. The formula will restore peace, communal harmony and brotherhood between the two communities,” he added.Rizvi said that the Board would appeal to the Yogi Adityanth government to allot one acre land of Hussainabad Trust in Lucknow for the construction of mosque which will be named as Masjid-e-Aman. He said that the Shia Board would construct the mosque from its own resources.Rizvi said that the claim of the Sunni Centra Wakq Board over the Babri mosque land by way of February 26, 1994 order was already rejected by Faizabad District Judge and later by the High Court. “After rejection of their claim on Babri mosque and its land, only Shia Board is its rightful owner,” he pointed. He also pointed that Babri mosque was always under a Shia Mutwalli, a descendant of Meer Baqi who constructed the Babri mosque in 1528.Rejecting Shia Board formula, Sunni Central Wakq Board and All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) are sticking to their guns saying that they would go by the Supreme Court final verdict.”The matter is before the Supreme Court. Let the court give its final verdict, we will abide by it,” reacted Jafrayab Jilani, Secretary AIMPLB.Even the All India Shia Personal Law Board has rejected. “WaseemRizvi has no right to interfere in the matter when it is before the Supreme Court,” stated Yasoob Abbas, Board Spokesperson.Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the case, said that they are with the Sunni Central Wakq Board. “His formula holds no legal value. Who is he to hand over land to the other party ignoring High Court order. Muslims will only abide by Supreme Court judgment in the case,” said Ansari.Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravishanker had also visited Ayodhya last week to broker the deadlock but he returned empty hands.THE FORMULAAccording to its affidavit, UPSCWB has agreed to surrender the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple. The Board has also agreed to build mosque in Lucknow outside Ayodhya.

Ayodhya: Shia Board willing to surrender land for construction of temple, Sunni Board rejects formula

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) has finally reached an agreement with Ayodhya sadhus and saints agreeing to surrender entire 2.77 acres of disputed land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple. The Board has also agreed to build mosque in Lucknow outside Ayodhya. In an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court for the settlement of the land dispute outside court, the Board Chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi said that the Shia Board and Ayodhya seers have reached an agreement on November 13 to resolve the land dispute amicably. As per the agreement, the Shia Board has surrendered entire 2.77 acres of land to Hindus for the construction of Ram temple and agreed to build mosque at Shia-dominated Hussainbad area in Lucknow.A four-page agreement between Shia Board and Hindus religious leaders has also been submitted along with the affidavit in the apex Court. The agreement is signed by Ram Janambhoomi Nyas Chairman Mahanat Nritya Gopal Das, All-India Akhara Parishad Chairman Mahant Narendra Giri, former BJP MP and VHP leader Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Mahant Dharam Das of Nirvani Akhara, Mahant Ram Das of Hanumangarhi, Mahant Suresh Das, Dr Rameshwar Das, member Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal VHP, Virendra Chaubey from Hindu side and Dr Waseem Rizvi on behalf of Shia Board and Muslim side.Rizvi said that Hindu organizations and leaders spearheading the Ram temple movement have agreed to the Shia Board formula and signed the agreement. “This will put an end to the ongoing dispute in court and erase the permanent schism between Hindus and Muslim over Babri mosque. The formula will restore peace, communal harmony and brotherhood between the two communities,” he added.Rizvi said that the Board would appeal to the Yogi Adityanth government to allot one acre land of Hussainabad Trust in Lucknow for the construction of mosque which will be named as Masjid-e-Aman. He said that the Shia Board would construct the mosque from its own resources.Rizvi said that the claim of the Sunni Centra Waqf Board over the Babri mosque land by way of February 26, 1994 order was already rejected by Faizabad District Judge and later by the High Court. “After rejection of their claim on Babri mosque and its land, only Shia Board is its rightful owner,” he pointed. He also pointed that Babri mosque was always under a Shia Mutwalli, a descendant of Meer Baqi who constructed the Babri mosque in 1528.Rejecting Shia Board formula, Sunni Central Waqf Board and All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) are sticking to their guns saying that they would go by the Supreme Court final verdict.“The matter is before the Supreme Court. Let the court give its final verdict, we will abide by it,” reacted Jafrayab Jilani, Secretary AIMPLB.Even the All India Shia Personal Law Board has rejected. “Waseem Rizvi has no right to interfere in the matter when it is before the Supreme Court,” stated Yasoob Abbas, Board Spokesperson. Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the case, said that they are with the Sunni Central Waqf Board. “His formula holds no legal value. Who is he to hand over land to the other party ignoring High Court order. Muslims will only abide by Supreme Court judgement in the case,” said Ansari.Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravishanker had also visited Ayodhya last week to broker the deadlock but he returned empty hands.

Babri dispute: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to visit Ayodhya today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is scheduled to visit Ayodhya on Thursday.The spiritual guru will visit the temple city to hold talks with Muslim and Hindu litigants, including Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Dharam Das, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Iqbal Ansari and Haji Mehboob etc. On Wednesday, Ravi Shankar met Adityanath at the CM’s residence and decribed the meet as a “courtesy call”.”The matter of discussion included issues related to farmers, wellbeing of poor and cleanliness,” Shankar wrote on Twitter.This comes a day after Adityanath welcomed Ravi Shankar’s desicion to act as a mediator mediator between Hindu and Muslims in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi issue.“Efforts at any level are welcome. But one side has always run away from the discussion table,” Adityanath said.“The problem is not that there should be talks, it is that both sides should mutually agree to hold talks as the case is in the Supreme Court. It can give good results but intentions should be good,” he added.However, Ravi Shankar’s decision to act as a mediator for out-of-court settlement did not go down well with the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and All-India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC).The AIMPLB and the AIBMAC have said that Muslims will not shelve their claims on the land belonging to the Babri mosque. “We have not received any proposal for talks or any formula from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. We have already made it clear to the spiritual leader that Muslims will not surrender their legal right and rightful claim over the land belonging to Babri Mosque in Ayodhya,” said Jafrayab Jilani, AIBMAC Convenor and AIMPLB Secretary.On the question of AIMPLB and AIBMAC rejecting his formula, Sri Sri Ravishanker clarified that “when no formula or proposal was sent to them then where is the question of rejection by them,” he pointed.The Spiritual leader also held a meeting with VHP-RSS leaders, sadhus and saints involved in the land dispute in Ayodhya.“We have told Sri Sri Ravishanker that temple of Lord Ram should be constructed at the 2.77 acres of land. We are ready to build a mosque nearby or any other place of their choice,” said Amar Nath Mishra, a senior VHP leader.Significantly, the All-India Shia Personal Law Board has too sided with the stand taken by the AIMPLB.“They want us to surrender our claim on the land in Ayodhya but Muslims in the country is with the stand taken by the All-India Muslim Personal Board and will follow the Supreme Court verdict,” said Maulana Mirza Yesoob Abbas, Spokesperson for the Shia Board.This is not the first time the Art of Living founder has made an attempt to act as a mediator to resolve the dispute. In 2003, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar made efforts to resolve the issue but failed.

Voting for third party not solution, voting out BJP is: Jignesh Mevani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stopping short of asking people to vote for Congress, young Dalit leader from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani on Wednesday said that his gut feeling was that people would not commit the mistake of voting for any third party in the bipolar election in Gujarat, where they have decided to replace the BJP that has been ruling the state for 22 years.In a freewheeling chat with the national media at Press Club here, Mevani said BJP has to be defeated in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections in order to oust the party in the 2019 general elections.While evading a direct reply as to whom the people of Gujarat should vote for, if he wants to see the BJP defeated, Mevani said, “The 6.5 crore people of Gujarat have made up their mind. They know whom to vote to defeat the BJP. They also know whom not to vote to avoid ruining their vote. My gut feeling tells me people will not commit that kind of mistake this time.”While he said that he does not want to associate with any particular party and that his meeting with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi some time back was just to get his views on his demands for Dalits, Mevani was at great pains to highlight that “the difference between the BJP and all other parties is that the BJP is a fascist party, which wants to impose a Hindu Rashtra concept, going beyond the preamble of the Indian Constitution.””We are not supporting any political party,” Mevani emphasised.”The people of Gujarat have decided to bring to an end the 22-year misrule of the BJP, and we will use our full force in achieving this,” he said.His response came in reply to questions as to whether he was asking his supporters to vote for the Congress and which party people should choose this assembly election in the bipolar politics of Gujarat.Speaking about reservation, Mevani said he has left it to political parties to address the aspirations of communities like Patidars for quota, as it was a complex constitutional process.Training guns on the BJP for its poster campaign with tagline RAM (Rupani, Amit Shah and Modi) versus HAJ (Hardik, Alpesh, Jignesh), Mevani said instead of coming out with a ‘communally polarising campaign” with such slogns, the BJP should focus on the development front.Backing Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel, who has been caught in a sex CD row, Mevani said talk of ‘roti, kapda aur makan’, noteban and GST not CDs. “Not only mine but even your CD will come out if this practice of deploying cameras in the bedroom of people continues,” Mevani said when asked whether he feared that some CD may come about featuring him.”Counter us ideologically. Counter Harid Patel and Jignesh Mevani on development arguments and not through CDS. There is nothing wrong in a consensual relationship between a man and a woman,” Mevani said.Mevani, convenor of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, also announced to organise a massive rally in Gujarat on December 6, the anniversary of Babri mosque demolition in Ayodhya and dared Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to debate development with him on any forum in Gujarat.Mevani’s open letter to HardikComing out in support of Patel reservation stir leader Hardik Patel, activist and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Wednesday wrote an open letter to Hardik.“Looking at the manner in which the BJP is cornered in Gujarat, we should not be surprised by such sex CDs. The Patel community stands firm behind Hardik. The sex tape episode shows how low politicians can stoop.”
“I firmly believe the person in the tape is not Hardik. The tape is part of a larger conspiracy. Now, even if the person in the tape is Hardik, it should not be anyone else’s concern.”
“Our concern should be about the 50 lakh Gujaratis who do not have jobs… about malnourished children. About people hit hard by demonetisation and GST.”
“What will the country achieve by making public CDs of someone’s personal life. What about the dignity of the woman who is shown in the CD?”

Ayodhya row: Welcome your efforts but won’t give up claim on Babri Masjid land, Muslim bodies to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid reports of meeting between Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the Babri Masjid issue, the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the All-India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC) have made that Muslims will not shelve their claims on the land belonging to the Babri mosque.“We have not received any proposal for talks or any formula from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. We have already made it clear to the spiritual leader that Muslims will not surrender their legal right and rightful claim over the land belonging to Babri Mosque in Ayodhya,” said Jafrayab Jilani, AIBMAC Convenor and AIMPLB Secretary.Jilani said that talks failed in the past also due to same rhetoric and rigid stand of other parties to surrender the entire disputed land. “There is no question of Muslim giving up their claim on 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya as per the 2010 Allahabad High Court,” said Jilani.In its verdict on September 30, 2010, the Lucknw Bench of the Allabahad High court had distributed he 2.77 acres of land equally between Ram Lala Virajmaan, Nirmohi Akhara and Central Sunni Wakf Board. Later, Sunni Board had filed a case in Supreme Court which will hear the land dispute case on day to day basis from December 5.“We welcome efforts of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. But talks for an out of court settlement will not succeed till Muslim Personal Law Board is involved in talks,” said Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali, a member of AIMPLB.The spiritual leader on Wednesday arrived in Lucknow and met the CM for about 40 minutes. “It was a courtesy call. “We held discussion on various issue including welfare of poor and farmers,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.On the question of AIMPLB and AIBMAC rejecting his formula, Sri Sri Ravishanker clarified that “when no formula or proposal was sent to them then where is the question of rejection by them,” he pointed.The Spiritual leader also held a meeting with VHP- RSS leaders, sadhus and saints involved in the land dispute in Ayodhya.“We have told Sri Sri Ravishanker that temple of Lord Ram should be constructed at the 2.77 acres of land. We are ready to build a mosque nearby or any other place of their choice,” said Amar Nath Mishra, a senior VHP leader.Significantly, the All-India Shia Personal Law Board has too sided with the stand taken by the AIMPLB.“They want us to surrender our claim on the land in Ayodhya but Muslims in the country is with the stand taken by the All-India Muslim Personal Board and will follow the Supreme Court verdict,” said Maulana Mirza Yesoob Abbas, Spokesperson for the Shia Board.Meanwhile, Art of Living Foundation Darshan Hathi said that Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was not carrying any formula for resolving the Ayodhya dispute.“He is only providing a platform to representatives from both communities to hold talks and resolve the Ayodhya imbroglio out court,” clarified the Spokesperson.Sri Sri Ravishanker will go to Ayodhya on Thursday to hold with Muslim and Hindu litigants, including Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Dharam Das, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Iqbal Ansari and Haji Mehboob etc. The Art of Living Foundation founder had made a similar effort in 2003 to resolve the dispute but it had failed.

Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case’s chief litigant Mahant Bhaskar Das passes away

Updated: Sep 16, 2017, 11:46 AM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The oldest litigant in Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid case and chief of Ayodhya’s Nirmohi Akhada, Mahant Bhaskar Das, passed away at 88 on Saturday morning.Das was the chief claimant of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and had filed the claim in 1959.After a recent cardiac arrest, he had been admitted in Faizabad’s Harshan Heart institute four days back, and breathed his last at 3:00 am.The oldest litigant claiming for Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Hashim Ansari passed away in July last year. He too has been suffering from a heart ailment.

Ayodhya land dispute: SC directs Allahabad HC to appoint new observers in 10 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court to appoint new observers in the Ayodhya land dispute matter in the next 10 days.According to preliminary reports the directive was issued after the Allahabad HC informed the apex court that one of the observers had retired, while the second had been elevated to HC.The apex court is scheduled to commence the final hearing in the long-standing Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute from December 5, a day before the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the structure.The apex court, after an intense deliberation for more than one-and-half-hours, reached a consensus on commencement of the hearing on a total of 13 appeals filed against the 2010 judgement of the Allahabad High Court in four civil suits.The high court had ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acre area at Ayodhya among the parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla.
ALSO READ Babri demolition case | Proof to frame charges against LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti: CBI courtAnother sect of the Muslims under the banner of Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh recently went to the court offering a solution that a mosque could be built in a Muslim- dominated area at a “reasonable distance” from the disputed site in Ayodhya.However, its intervention has been opposed by the All India Sunni Waqf Board which claimed that judicial adjudication between the two sects had already been done in 1946 by declaring the mosque, which was demolished on December 6, 1992, as that belonging to the Sunnis.
ALSO READ Babri demolition case: Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan surrenders before Ayodhya court, gets bailA specially constituted bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, asked the contesting parties to complete the translation of the exhibits of the documents likely to be relied upon into English within 12 weeks since these were in eight different languages including Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Persian, Pali and Arabic.The bench, also comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer, asked the Uttar Pradesh government to complete within 10 weeks the translation of the evidence recorded for adjudication of the title dispute in the high court into English.
ALSO READ No kurta-pajama stuff: Lawyer’s comment about Subramanian Swamy’s attire heats up Babri land dispute caseThe bench made it clear that the parties would have to strictly adhere to the time frame fixed by it and that no adjournment would be given under any circumstance.The top court said it would not allow the matter to take any shape other than the civil appeals and would adopt the same procedure as was done by the high court.It said it would strictly go by the Civil Procedure Code and the Evidence Act.Senior counsel C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for Lord Ram Lalla and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the UP government, pressed for early hearing of the matter, but senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Anoop George Chaudhari, Rajeev Dhavan and Sushil Jain, representing other parties including All India Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara, were not in favour of commencement of the hearing before January next year.Sibal even said that it was a serious matter and the hearing should not be started in haste.BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, an intervener in the matter, made an attempt to raise the issue of the fundamental right of religion of the Hindus under Article 25 of the Constitution.He said during the adjudication of the matter he would like to make out a case that the fundamental right should get precedence over the property right.However, the bench made it clear that it would first hear the main appellants and respondents in the case which involved the parties like — Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla.A major part of the deliberations revolved around the issue of completion of the pleadings as the Sunni Waqf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara took a tough stand that till the entire set of documents was translated, the hearing should not commence.Their stand was strongly opposed by the counsel for Lord Ram Lalla and the UP government which said that almost seven years have passed since the judgement of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court and the contesting parties should have completed the translation work earlier.However, the counsel for the Nirmohi Akhara and the Sunni Waqf Board submitted that the documents, including the judgement running into 9,000 pages, had come to them only an year ago and they would take at least four months to complete the translation work.They also opposed a suggestion of the bench and senior counsel representing Ram Lalla, the UP government and others that the parties relying on relevant documents themselves place the translation of the extracts of the exhibits, saying that all documents should be referred to official translators.The bench said the parties themselves would translate the required documents and in case of any dispute it would examine it at the relevant time.The apex court also allowed the substitute names of appellants and respondents in case those who were originally involved had died by their legal heirs or representatives and said that the same could be made known through public notice in leading dailies both in English and vernacular languages in the area concerned.While the bench was considering a framework completion the pleadings to commence the final hearing, Sibal stressed on following of the stipulated procedure by asking it not to circumvent the process.He went to the extent of saying that “the judges were donning the role of registrars”.However, the bench said it was doing so as the parties have not allowed the registrar to complete the formalities.Many of the original plantiffs and defendants in the matter including Mohd Hashim, who was the first person to take the matter to the apex court, have died.A battery of senior advocates including Vikas Singh, Shyam Divan, UP Advocate General Raghvendra Singh, Huzefa Ahmadi appeared for appellants and intervenors in the matter.A three-judge bench of the Allahabad High Hourt, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.On July 21, a bench, headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, had said that it would soon take a decision to list the matter for early hearing.The court’s remark had come on a plea of BJP leader Swamy who sought urgent hearing of the matter.Swamy had said the main appeals against the Allahabad High Court order were pending for the last seven years in the apex court and these required urgent hearing.He had also said that a separate petition was earlier filed by him seeking enforcement of his right to worship without “much hassle” at the site.

Swamy hopes SC order will be in favour of Ram temple at

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MP Subramanian Swamy today expressed hope that the Supreme Court will pass an order in favour of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. Addressing a function here in connection with the birth centenary celebrations of RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Swamy claimed that “a temple existed on the spot where the Babri Masjid was later erected has been stated in the report of a two-member expert team which was set up on the directions of the Allahabad High Court”. “The prime minister could have brought a resolution in Parliament for the temple’s construction on the basis of the report. But, we have decided to wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict in the matter,” the Rajya Sabha MP said, exuding hope that the apex court’s decision will be in favour of the temple. Swamy said the Sunni Wakf Board has claimed its right over the land (in Ayodhya) contending that it has been in its possession for 500 years. “But the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that fundamental rights must prevail over legal rights protected by an ordinary law, and offering worship at the temple is the fundamental right of the Hindus,” he added. The Hindu Mahasabha and the Sunni Wakf Board had moved the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court order of 2010 which had ruled that the land be divided among the Mahasabha, the Board and the Nirmohi Akhara. Referring to Varanasi, Mathura and Ayodhya, Swamy said, “We urge the Muslims to forego their claim on only these three places held sacred by the Hindus. We shall reciprocate by leaving untouched nearly 40,000 mosques across the country which have been constructed on the ruins of temples.” He said Muslims and Hindus will be like “members of the same family” if the former acknowledge their “Hindu ancestry”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will give away land to Hindus if Muslims win Babri case: Maulana Kalbe Sadiq

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, prominent Shia leader and Vice-President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said on Sunday that Muslims will accept the Supreme Court verdict on Babri Masjid peacefully if it went against them and will give away the land even if it won the Babri case. The statement, he said, was in his personal capacity and not as the member of any body or sect.Sadiq made the statement while delivering a speech at the ‘World Peace and Harmony Through Interfaith Dialogue’ that was organised by Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti at the National Sports Club of India, Worli.His statement comes even as the Shia community has slammed Shia Wakf board’s stance that they are willing to build a mosque in the Muslim locality where the Babri Masjid once stood.”I am saying this in a personal capacity. In the Babri Masjid case, if the Supreme Court decision goes against Muslims, we will accept it in silence, peacefully. There will be no protests. If Muslims win the case in SC, the plot of land that belongs to the Muslims will be handed over to the Hindus. You cannot receive anything unless you give away some things,” said Sadiq.Among other prominent speakers at the forum were the Dalai Lama, Baba Ramdev, Jain monks Kulchandra Suriji and Namramunji, the chief Jatthedar of Akal Takth, Giani Gurbachan Singh, Archbishop Felix Machado, Union Ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan, Piyush Goyal, Purshottam Rupala, and Dr Lokesh Muni, a jain monk who organised the event.Ramdev, Harsh Vardhan, and Rupala welcomed Sadiq’s statement. Talking to media, Sadiq said that his statement was not out of pressure from any BJP member or anyone else. “It is something people will have to accept at some point,” said Sadiq.The Dalai Lama emphasised the need for ancient Indian knowledge to be imparted in schools. “It is important that besides modern education, ancient Indian knowledge and education is also imparted in schools. And this should be done in a secular manner and not add a religious undertone to it,” said Lama.In the event, Ramdev, without naming former vice president Hamid Ansari, criticised him by saying, “Some people are saying the country is not safe. Bade Aadmi ko aag lagane ka nahi, bujhane ka kaam karna chahiye (Distinguished people should work towards dowsing burning issues and not starting them).”

Even if Babri Masjid verdict goes against Muslims, they should peacefully accept it: Maulana Kalbe Sadiq

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq on Sunday said that the Muslim community will peacefully accept the Supreme Court’s decision in the Ayodhya dispute case.Giving his personal opinion in an event at NSCI in Mumbai, Sadiq said, “If the Babri Masjid verdict is not in favour of Muslims, then they should peacefully accept it. And if the verdict is in favour of Muslims, then they should happily give the land to Hindus.”Other leaders like Baba Ramdev, Union Ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan and Purshottam Rupala at the event welcomed the statement. “Maulana Kalbe Sadiq has won our hearts. Lord Ram is neither of Hindus nor of Muslims. He is the soul of India,” said Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Baba Ramdev without naming the former vice president Hamid Ansari criticised him on his comment of Muslims feeling insecure saying, “Bade aadmi ko aag lagane ka nahi bujhane ka kaam karna chahiye. (People in high positions should not fan the flames, but do the work of putting the fire out.)Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will commence the final hearing in the long-standing Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute from December 5, a day before the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the medieval-era structure.On August 8, the Uttar Pradesh’s Shia Central Waqf Board told the Supreme Court that a mosque can be built near Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The Shia Waqf Board had filed an affidavit before the apex court in which it stated that a mosque can be constructed at a place near birth place of Lord Ram.”Since, the Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf, we are alone entitled to negotiate and arrive at peaceful settlement with other stakeholders,” Shia Waqf Board said in its statement.However, in the year 1961 the Sunni Central Waqf Board also filed a lawsuit, demanding possession of the site and removal of idols from the mosque premises. Reportedly, the board had earlier decided to become a party in ongoing litigations in relation to the Ramjanmabhoomi – Babri Masjid dispute.The mosque was demolished by Hindu Karsevaks on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya. The country witnessed massive riots in which over 2000 people were killed.The Hindus claim that it is the birthplace of Lord Rama where a mosque was built in 1528-29 CE (935 AH) by Mir Baqi. Since the mosque was built on orders of the Mughal emperor Babur, it was named Babri Masjid.Before it was demolished in 1992, the Nirmohi Akhara had forcefully occupied the Babri Masjid in 1853 saying it was Ram Janmabhoomi (birth place of Lord Rama). (With Inputs from Ashutosh Shukla and Agencies)

Babri Masjid Case: Mosque can be built elsewhere to avoid dispute, says Shia Board council

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After Shia Waqf Board tells the Supreme Court that mosque can built at distance, the latter on Friday has commenced the cross-appeals hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, to look for an amicable settlement of the dispute. MC Dhingra, the lawyer appearing for Shia Waqf Board in the Ayodhya case, while speaking to ANI on the same, said that the Shia Board has decided to leave the one-third land allotted to them, to avoid problems for both the religious denominations, in regard to their prayers. ?The basic reason is that even if in one-third area the mosque is built, they will use loud speaker, and similarly in the remaining area, temple will also have its loud speaker. Hence, this will create problem for both the religious denominations,? he said, adding, ?So it is better for the Shia board to bring upon a situation where there is no such kind of disturbance. I am of firm belief that if land is provided elsewhere, in a Muslim dominated area, then there will be no recurrence, at least on this score.? Briefly explaining the Shia Board?s stand, Dhingra said that if mosque is built in the one-third area, there will not be any permanent solution to the long-driven dispute. ?Shia Board, having the jurisdiction and authority of superintendence over Shia Waqf, has come out with an appeal to this Court that in lieu of the one-third share of the land, they will be given land elsewhere for the Mosque. The reason being, even if mosque is built in the one-third area, it will not bring a permanent solution between the two religious denominations,? he said. In a 30-page affidavit, filed on Tuesday, the Shia Waqf Board asserted that the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute. The board placed an affidavit before the apex court in which it stated that a mosque can be constructed at a place near birth place of Lord Ram. ?Since, the Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf, we are alone entitled to negotiate and arrive at peaceful settlement with other stakeholders,” Shia Waqf Board said in its statement. It came just a few days after the apex court agreed to fast track the proceedings on a string of appeals, challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the land dispute in the case. The Sunni Central Waqf Board too issued a statement on Thursday, responding strongly to the claim, terming it ?baseless.? Both Shia Waqf Board and Sunni Central Board, on Friday, will file their affidavit before the Supreme Court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Helicopter flies low over disputed site in Ayodhya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A helicopter flew over the disputed site in Ayodhya at a relatively low height today, sending the police into a tizzy. “We are trying to contact the aviation ministry to get clues about the chopper,” said Superintendent of Police Mahendra Singh Chauhan, who is in charge of security at the site where Babri Mosque stands. “The disputed site does not come under no-fly zone. The local administration has recommended for a no-fly zone, but the central government has not given the nod,” Chauhan said. Anup Kumar, a resident of Panji Tola adjacent to the disputed site, said, “At around 8:40 am, the helicopter flew just above the disputed structure.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Build masjid at distance from disputed site at Ayodhya: Shia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Offering a solution to the Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute, the Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh today told the Supreme Court a mosque could be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a “reasonable distance” from the disputed site in Ayodhya. With this submission, the Shia Board becomes the first Muslim organisation to come out in support of the demand of various Hindu bodies on the Ayodhya issue. The Hindu bodies while demanding that Ram temple be allowed to be constructed at the disputed site have suggested that a mosque could be built at a distance away from this area. The affidavit, filed by Syed Waseem Rizvi, Chairman of UP Shia Central Board of Waqfs, disputed the claim of Sunni Waqf Board, saying the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute. Favouring construction of the mosque at a “reasonable distance” from the site, it said, “Closeness of places of worship i.e Masjid and Mandir of the two litigating denominations, should be avoided in as much as both denominations using loud speakers tend to disturb religious performances of each other, often leading to conflicts bringing acrimony in the two factions. “Answering respondent (Shia Board) is also of the view that, to bring quietus, masjid can be located in a Muslim- dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purshottam Sri Ram.” The affidavit assumes significance as it has been filed within few days of the apex court agreeing to fast track the hearing on a batch of appeals challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the land dispute in the case. The Shia Board, in its 30-page affidavit, said that the Sunni Central Waqf Board was under the dominant control of Sunni “hardliners, fanatics and non-believers in peaceful co- existence who have absolutely no stake in the present case.” Assailing the stand of the Sunni Central Waqf Board, it said, “…since Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf Board property, Shia Central Waqf Board UP alone is entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other remaining stakeholders.” The Shia body has also sought setting up of a committee for exploring an amicable resolution of the vexatious issue. It sought setting up of the committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, two retired judges of Allahabad High Court, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister or his nominee and a nominee from the office of the Prime Minister. It said that Shia Central Waqf Board’s nominee and a representative each from Nirmohi Akhara and Hindu sect shall make suggestions and proposals for amicable settlement before the committee. The Shia Board, one of the parties in the pending appeals in the apex court, referred to the Allahabad High Court judgement and said that it has been held that “Muslims” should get not less that one-third of the disputed area. “By saying ‘Muslims’ the High Court obviously meant ‘Shias’ since the High Court rejected the claim of the Sunni Board that Babri Masjid was a Sunni Waqf. The High Court having held that Babri Masjid is a waqf, rejected the claim of Sunni Board that it was Sunni waqf claimed on the basis of notification dated February 16, 1944 by the Chief Commissioner of Waqfs under the Muslim Waqfs Act, 1936. “The High Court held the notification as ‘illegal’ since it was issued in violation of the provisions of the Act, 1936 without issuing notice to the interested persons, a statutory requirement. Thus the claim of Sunni Board stood negated that it was a Sunni Waqf. Needless to say that a Waqf has to be either Shia or Sunni Waqf and not a Waqf alone. “It is always known by its creator i.e Wakif or Waqif being Shia or Sunni,” the affidavit said. Referring to 1,620 inscriptions, which were found on the disputed site, the Shia Board said that it proved beyond doubt that Babri Masjid was built by Mir Baqi, a Shia, who created a Shia Waqf. “The said Masjid being a Shia Waqf and its last Mutawalli (manager of the waqf-property) (1949) was admittedly a Shia,” the affidavit said. Recently, a three-judge bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer has been constituted by Chief Justice J S Khehar to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had in 2010 ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid site in Ayodhya. The three-judge bench of the high court, by a 2:1 majority, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On July 21, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had said that it would soon take a decision to list the matter for early hearing. The court’s remark had come on a plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who sought urgent listing and hearing of the matter. Swamy had said the main appeals against the Allahabad High Court order are pending for the last seven years in the apex court and these required urgent hearing. He had also said that a separate petition had earlier been filed by him seeking enforcement of his right to worship without much hassle at the site. The BJP leader had told the court that he has been allowed by the apex court to intervene in the matter and is seeking expeditious disposal of the cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JD(U) on wait and watch as Lalu lands in fresh trouble

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The fresh CBI case against Lalu Prasad and his family members for alleged corruption may have invited noisy protests from his party but its ally JD(U) has maintained a studied silence and not defended the beleaguered RJD boss. Several party leaders declined to react to the new case against Prasad, already convicted in a fodder scam case, an indication that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wants to keep his ‘Mr clean’ image intact without being seen to be denting the opposition unity again after raising a storm with his support to the NDA’s presidential nominee. With troubles mounting for the RJD supremo, a JD(U) leader said his party will wait and watch how things unfold in the coming weeks and months. There is a belief among a section of leaders that Kumar’s position will only be strengthened and Prasad’s weakened, reducing the Yadav strongman’s bargaining power within the RJD-JD(U)-Congress coalition and allowing the chief minister greater freedom in running the government. Replying to a question on whether the coalition government would last its full term, several JD(U) leaders said it will and indicated that there may not be any immediate action against Deputy Chief Minister and Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav. Tejashwi has also been made an accused in the CBI case related to alleged irregularities and bribery in award of contract for maintenance of two IRCTC hotels when the RJD supremo was railway minister. The BJP has demanded Tejashwi’s dismissal from the government. “There are two views. One is that the NDA government is targeting opposition leaders. Another is that corrupt leaders have been targeted. We cannot hold Tejashwi guilty just because of a CBI case. Let’s see how investigation progresses,” a leader said. He noted that Union Minister Uma Bharti continues to be a member of the Modi cabinet despite charges having been framed against her in the Babri mosque demolition case. Another senior JD(U) leader said when the party joined hands with the RJD in 2014 following the rout of both in the Lok Sabha polls, Lalu Prasad had already been convicted in a fodder scam case. However, a major adverse development against Tejashwi Yadav, seen as Prasad’s political heir, in the case could trigger dramatic developments in Bihar’s ruling alliance. With Kumar keeping his cards close to chest, nothing can be said with certainty, a close aide of his said, adding “except wait and watch”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1993 blasts: Merchant didn’t attend conspiracy meetings, says

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tahir Merchant, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case last month, did not attend any of the conspiracy meetings, his lawyer today argued before the TADA Court here and sought leniency for him. The special court for Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) cases last month convicted Merchant, extradited gangster Abu Salem and four others in the case. The defence lawyers today began their arguments on the quantum of sentence. The TADA court judge G A Sanap, while convicting Merchant, had held that he was one of the conspirators. The CBI has sought death penalty for him. Merchant’s lawyer Sudeep Passbola said his client did not attend the conspiracy meetings which preceded the March 1993 blasts and there was no evidence to show that he was aware of RDX being smuggled into the city. Passbola also said that people were sent to Pakistan for arms training to deal with a 1992-like situation (when riots erupted in Mumbai following the demolition of Babri Masjid), and it was only after their return that Tiger Memon, the absconding mastermind of the conspiracy, decided to use them for carrying out blasts. Among other things, Merchant was accused of sending people to Pakistan for arms training. Passbola also refuted the CBI’s claim that Merchant had good relations with Pakistani Army and the country’s intelligence agency, ISI. He was acting at somebody else’s instructions and was not “in commanding position”, the lawyer said. The arguments would continue tomorrow. Meanwhile, the court issued a notice to Delhi police today, seeking their reply, as the case for which they are seeking the custody of Abu Salem is not covered by the extradition agreement between Portugal and India. Delhi police have approached the court seeking Salem’s custody for a case registered in the national capital. However, as per the agreement with Portugal under which Salem was extradited in 2005, he can be tried in only nine cases (including the 1993 blasts case). The Delhi case is not a part of the list.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

K.K. Venugopal replaces Mukul Rohatgi as Attorney General

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Senior lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and constitutional expert K.K. Venugopal has been appointed as a new 15th Attorney General replacing Mukul Rohatgi. Venugopal was appointed by the Royal Government of Bhutan to serve as the Constitutional adviser for drafting of the Constitution of Bhutan. In 2015, he was conferred Padma Vibhushan award by Government of India. This is the second-highest civilian honour in India. He had previously received the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour. President Pranab Mukherjee has approved Venugopal?s appointment. Venugopal held the office of Additional Solicitor General in Morarji Desai?s Government. He also appeared for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani in the Babri demolition case. Ends AR/mp NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1993 blasts convict Mustafa Dossa admitted to Mumbai hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mumbai 1993 serial blasts convict Mustafa Dossa was admitted to the J.J. Hospital here on Wednesday after he complained of chest pain. ?He was admitted following chest pain and infection,? J J Hospital Dean T.P. Lahane told ANI. ?Mustafa Dossa also had uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes,? he added. Dossa had informed the special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) court about his heart problem and said he wanted to undergo a bypass surgery. The prosecution on Tuesday argued that convict Feroz Khan should be given the death penalty for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts. The counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Counsel stated that his role was parallel to that of Yakub Memon. CBI counsel Deepak Salve, said he would seek extreme punishment for all six convicts in the case. Speaking to reporters here, Salve said, “I quoted the judgments made by Supreme Court regarding Mustafa Dossa and Feroz. I have appealed for maximum punishment for them on the applicable grounds. Mustafa Dossa and Mohammad Dossa were present at the first conspiracy meeting where they decided to send arms and ammunitions and create riots. Feroz was close to the group and has played an important role in transfer of arms and ammunitions”. The TADA court had convicted six people – Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Taher Merchant, Karimulla Khan and Riyaz Siddiqui – in the case on June 16 and acquitted Abdul Qayyum Sheikh who was then released from Arthur Road jail. Earlier on June 16, a special (TADA) court convicted underworld don Abu Salem and others in connection with the 1993 blasts case. Addressing media after the court’s order, Salve said, “Mustafa Dossa conducted a conspiracy meeting in Dubai which was attended by Dawood Ibrahim and others. They hatched a conspiracy of Mumbai blast to take revenge of Babri Masjid demolition.” He further added that “the accused used to travel between Dubai and Pakistan for arms and ammunition training where Pakistan had given them green channel entry. Their targets were Indian politicians, high officials and Hindus”. About 257 people died while 713 others were injured after a series of bomb blasts rocked Mumbai City on March 12, 1993.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

VHP begins stockpiling stones for Ram temple in Ayodhya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has started stockpiling stones for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and says it is confident there will be no “hurdles” now that there is a BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. The VHP has announced that construction work will begin within a year, notwithstanding whatever decision the Supreme Court takes on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit. “Two truckloads of stones to be used for the construction of the Ram temple arrived here from Bharatpur in Rajasthan on Monday. We need more than 100 truckloads of stones to give final shape to the proposed Ram temple,” senior VHP leader Triloki Nath Pandey told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ashok Singhal’s resting place to be developed as tourist hub

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal, one of the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, will soon have a tourist hub around his final resting place. One of the architects of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992, Singhal died in 2015. After his death, his ashes were preserved in a monastery in Himachal Pradesh for around six months. As the VHP leader had wished, the ashes were immersed in Tandi Sangam, the intersection of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga in the Lahaul region of Himachal, in June last year. Tandi Sangam is the focus of the Tourism Ministry which plans to give a facelift to the area through the Chandrabhaga Development Board. It will also be included in the Himalayan Circuit, one of the 13 circuits planned by the ministry as part of its endeavour to promote tourism in India. “It is a beautiful place, but inaccessible for six months because of extreme conditions. With the Rohtang tunnel to be completed soon, we are planning to make it a tourist attraction. Also, Singhalji’s ashes were immersed there, so it gains special significance for us,” Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma, who visited the area earlier this week, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

VHP man’s resting place to be developed as tourist hub: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The final resting place of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal, known as one of the architects of the movement that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid, will soon be turned into a tourist hub. Singhal, who was chargesheeted in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case by the CBI, died in 2015. After his death his ashes were preserved in a monastery in Himachal Pradesh for around six months. In June last year, the ashes were immersed in Tandi Sangam, the intersection of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga in the Lahaul region of Himachal, as the VHP leader had wished. Tandi Sangam is the focus of the Tourism Ministry which plans to give a facelift to the area through the Chandrabhaga Development Board. It will also be included in the Himalayan Circuit, one of the 13 circuits planned by the ministry as part of its plans to promote tourism in India. “It is a beautiful place, but inaccessible for six months because of extreme conditions. With the Rohtang tunnel to be completed soon, we are planning to make it a tourist attraction. Also, Singhalji’s ashes were immersed there, so it gains special significance for us,” Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma, who visited the area earlier this week, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai blasts were carried to avenge Babri demolition- CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) counsel Deepak Salve on Friday said that 1993 Mumbai blasts were carried out to avenge the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court earlier in the day convicted underworld don Abu Salem and others in connection with the 1993 blasts case. Addressing media after the court?s order, Salve said, ?Mustafa Dossa conducted a conspiracy meeting in Dubai which was attended by Dawood Ibrahim and others. They hatched a conspiracy of Mumbai blast to take revenge of Babri Masjid demolition.? He further added that ?the accused used to travel between Dubai and Pakistan for arms and ammunition training where Pakistan had given them green channel entry. Their targets were Indian politicians, high officials and Hindus?. 257 people died while 713 others were injured after a series of bomb blasts rocked Mumbai City onMarch 12, 1993. Salem was convicted under charges of conspiracy and terror activities but was acquitted of some charges of TADA which he was framed initially. Accused Riyaz Siddique also convicted under TADA and other charges, but court believed prosecution failed to prove conspiracy charges against Riyaz. Accused Mustafa Dossa was found guilty of conspiracy, murder and terror activities in the case. Accused Firoz khan was convicted under charges of conspiracy and murder under sections of IPC, TADA and Explosives Act. Other accused Tahir Merchant, Karimullah Shaikh were also convicted. Accused Abdul Qayyum was acquitted of all charges in the case. Court ordered his release on personal bond. However, all accused were acquitted for the charge of waging war against the nation. The court has set the next hearing date on June 19 to decide the date for argument on quantum of sentence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI gives copies of witness statements to defence lawyers in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today provided copies of statements of 196 of its prosecution witnesses to the counsel for 12 BJP, RSS and VHP stalwarts including L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti in Babri Masjid demolition case. The agency had produced the witnesses during the trial in Lucknow’s special court. When the witnesses were being examined, Advani and 11 others were not accused before the Lucknow court and hence, at that time, the copies of the statements were not given to their lawyers to enable them to cross-examine the witnesses. Special judge S K Yadav, trying the case, fixed June 18 for the next hearing. After the Supreme Court’s directives on April 19, the trial in Raebareli has been clubbed with the Lucknow case. The Supreme Court had also directed that conspiracy charge should be added against 89-year-old Advani and 11 others while directing transfer of the case from Raebareli to Lucknow for a joint trial. Advani and 11 other accused had got bail from judge Yadav last month. Before the CBI could start producing further prosecution witnesses, the counsel for Advani and others demanded that they be given the list of prosecution witnesses produced earlier and also be served copies of their statements so that they could cross-examine them afresh. The special judge had earlier directed the CBI to provide the list of witnesses and also copies of their statements to lawyers of Advani and others in compliance of which the agency gave the copies to the respective lawyers. According to lawyers, it will be a cumbersome exercise for the CBI to produce the 196 witnesses to enable the defence lawyers to cross-examine them in case such demand is made.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

As CBI court holds Babri hearings, temple issue hots up in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost 25 years after the Babri Masjid was razed in Ayodhya, the spotlight has once again turned on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue in Uttar Pradesh, galvanising the workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party, back in power in the state after 15 years. Daily hearings at a special CBI court in Lucknow on a case relating to the 1992 demolition of the mosque has put the focus on the temple — on the back burner for several years — and party leaders are elated. BJP leaders are convinced the issue will help the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, as the momentum builds up on the building of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya. “The matter is sub judice. But there is not an iota of political gesturing in the Ram Temple issue. It is a matter of faith and belief,” UP BJP chief and deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adityanath offers prayers at makeshift Ram temple,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a Lucknow court framed conspiracy charges against top BJP leaders including L K Advani, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple here and pitched for a negotiated solution to the dispute. In his first visit to Ayodhya after taking charge, Adityanath went to the makeshift temple in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid complex and spent nearly 30 minutes there. Adityanath said that he favoured a resolution of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute through talks between both the communities. “I want the dispute to be resolved through discussion. The Uttar Pradesh government will extend full cooperation in this regard,” he said. He however added that even some Muslim organisations that he had met in Lucknow were in favour of a temple. Adityanath said this while addressing a public meeting on the occasion of the birthday celebrations of VHP leader Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, president of the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas Trust and one of the 12 people against whom a CBI court yesterday framed charges in the case related to demolition of Babri Masjid. According to Adityanath, “Ayodhya dham was always neglected. All possible attempts were made that no work is done here. Any work that was initiated, was stopped before completion or it was ensured that the work does not start at all.” The UP chief minister had reached Faizabad in the morning and prayed at the famous Hanumangarhi Temple, accompanied among others by Dharam Das, another person against whom conspiracy charges were framed yesterday. He also offered payers on the banks of the Saryu river here. Yesterday, a special CBI court in Lucknow had framed charges against BJP veterans Advani, M M Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharti and nine others in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case. The Supreme Court had ordered restoration of the conspiracy charge against them on April 19. Adityanath had yesterday gone to the VVIP guest house in Lucknow to meet Advani, who had come to appear before the court. Today, Adityanath also held a meeting with BJP MLAs, MPs and senior officials of the Faizabad area and reviewed the law and order situation as well as development issues. He also inaugurated a Passport Sewa Kendra at the head post office in Faizabad.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adityanath prays at makeshift Ram Mandir, says dispute should

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who today offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple here, said the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute should be resolved through bilateral talks. He was addressing a public meeting called at the birthday celebrations of VHP leader Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, president of the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas Trust, an organisation formed to promote the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site. “This problem must be sorted out through bilateral talks between both the communities,” Adityanath said. His comments seemed in line with the advice of Supreme Court, which had suggested a negotiated settlement of the dispute. Significantly, Das, at whose birthday celebrations the Chief Minister was speaking, was one of the 12 persons including BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi and Union minister Uma Bharti against whom a CBI court had yesterday framed charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Earlier today, Adityanath offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple here. He spent around 30 minutes there. This was Adityanath’s first visit to Ayodhya after he took over as Uttar Pradesh chief minister. He reached Faizabad today morning and visited the famous Hanuman Garhi temple. He was accompanied by Dharam Das, another person against whom conspiracy charges were framed yesterday. Adityanath also offered payers on the banks of the Saryu river here. Yesterday, a special CBI court in Lucknow had framed charges against BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharti and nine others in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case. The Supreme Court had ordered restoration of the conspiracy charge against them on April 19. Adityanath had yesterday gone to the VVIP guest house in Lucknow to meet Advani, who had come to appear before the court. In Faizabad today, Adityanath also held a meeting with the BJP MLAs, MPs and senior officials of the Faizabad area and reviewed the law and order situation as well as development issues. He also inaugurated a Passport Sewa Kendra at the head post office in Faizabad.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Accused should be framed with charges not ‘bail’ AIMPLB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Hours after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwarts L. K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati who appeared before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court for framing of charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case, the All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) stated that the accused should be framed with charges and granted bail. Speaking to ANI, AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani said, ?The grant of bail is not unexpected. In this case whosoever is the accused they have all been granted bail. And in such cases the accused are not seen behind the bars. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati have been in many other similar cases too and were also granted bail then. The main thing required is the framing of charges which the court should have taken up?. Resonating similar views, former Samajwadi Party leader and AIMPLB member Kamal Farooqui stated that serious charges of conspiracy have been framed and justice should be given soon. ?It is something that should have happened earlier- but better late than never. After this outcome it has sent several questions on this matter. I personally feel that BJP would be doing a great job to itself if they follow the same kind of principles which they were earlier asking for by the other parties. Serious charges of conspiracy have been framed and justice should be given soon,? Farooqui told ANI. All the accused in the Babri masjid demolition case were granted bail by the Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court in Lucknow earlier in the day. However, the court rejected the discharge petition and said charges would be framed against them. The mosque was demolished by Hindu Karsevaks on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya. The country witnessed massive riots in which over 2000 people were killed. Two FIRs were filed after the disputed structure was demolished- Crime no. 197 deals with actual “demolition of the mosque by karsevaks.” Crime no. 198 named L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and others for ‘communal’ speeches before the demolition. The Hindus claim that it is the birthplace of Lord Rama where a mosque was built in 1528-29 CE (935 AH) by Mir Baqi. Since the mosque was built on orders of the Mughal emperor Babur, it was named Babri Masjid. Before it was demolished in 1992, the Nirmohi Akhara had forcefully occupied the Babri Masjid in 1853 saying it was Ram Janmabhoomi (Birth place of Lord Rama).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong demands Bharti’s resignation, RSS asserts order gave new life to Ram temple movement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court framing charges against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, the Congress Party on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek resignation of Union Minister Uma Bharti who is one of the chargesheeted persons. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that his party hopes that the Babri masjid which has been pending now for over 25 years will finally be adjudicated and decided expeditiously as guided by the Supreme Court. ?In Babri Masjid demolition case, special CBI court has framed charges today of criminal conspiracy and other offences against BJP leaders. We sincerely hope that this matter which has been pending now for over 25 years will finally be adjudicated and decided expeditiously and on a day to day basis as ordered by honourable Supreme Court of India we believe and hope that justice would be done, those guilty would be punished and the matter will finally come to an end,? Surjewala told ANI. ?One of the chargesheeted persons is Union Minister Uma Bharti. Having been chargesheeted in this matter she must forthwith resign. We expect the honourable Prime Minister to uphold the constitution and the law and consequently seek her resignation without any further delay,? he added. However, on the other hand Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Rakesh Sinha dubbed the court?s order as unfortunate and asserted that the judicial ruling has given a new life to the movement for reconstruction of a Ram temple. ?The verdict of framing the charges is unfortunate. Since it is a judicial verdict, so any law abiding citizen will have to respect it and fight it on judicial platform. But such developments could give a new life to a discourse and movement for reconstruction of a ram temple in this country,? said Sinha. In a major setback to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veterans Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court earlier today rejected their discharge application, framing charges against them and the other nine accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Charges of criminal conspiracy under section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have been framed. However, the accused will now move the Allahabad High Court against the CBI court’s order. Earlier today, the court granted bail to all the accused by signing a personal bond of Rs. 20,000. “They have been granted bail by signing bonds of Rs. 20,000. We have submitted discharge application. If the court rejects it, then charges will be framed,” said lawyer of accused Prashant Atal. The court had also asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person. While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the judge had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained. The court, which is hearing two separate cases relating to the demolition, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the second matter. The Supreme Court had on April 19 ordered prosecution of Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti, and other accused for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive case. It had also ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years. The apex court ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Raebareli against Advani, Joshi and Bharti and unknown ‘kar sevaks’ shall be brought together in one trial. The apex court also directed the trial court in Lucknow to commence the proceedings in four weeks and hear the matter on a day-to-day basis so as to complete the hearing in two years. The apex court also said there will be no ‘de novo’ (fresh) trial. The CBI has been ordered to ensure that at least one prosecution witness appears in the trial court for recording of testimony. To ensure a speedy trial, the top court has given two important directions – first, no party shall be granted adjournments without the sessions’ judge being satisfied of the reasons for it; second, the trial judge hearing the case shall not be transferred till the judgement is delivered.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong demands Bharti’s resignation, says justice should be

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today demanded the resignation of Union Minister Uma Bharti, who has been charged with criminal conspiracy by a special CBI court in Lucknow in the Babri Masjid demolition case, and asked the prime minister to uphold the law and the Constitution. The Congress also hoped that 25 years after the demolition of the structure, justice will be done and the guilty would be punished in accordance with the law of the land. “One of the accused, Uma Bharti is a Union Cabinet Minister. Having been charge-sheeted, she must resign. Prime Minister must come forward and uphold the rule of law and the Constitution,” AICC incharge of communications Randeep Surjewala said. He said on December 8, 2011, the Supreme Court had ordered that hearing be held on day-to-day basis, but since 2013, 185 adjournments have taken place in the case. “Time for law of the land to deliver justice expeditiously,” he said. The opposition party voiced hope that the trial will now begin. “Those who are guilty must be punished in accordance with the law of the land without any fear or favour,” Surjewala said. A CBI court today framed charges under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code against BJP leaders L K Advani, Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi and some others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Advani, Joshi, Bharti appear before CBI court in Babri case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP stalwarts L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti today appeared before a special CBI court here for framing of charges of criminal conspiracy in the Babri Masjid demolition case. BJP leader Vinay Katiyar and one-time Hindutva firebrand Sadhvi Ritambara too presented themselves before the court in the politically sensitive case. Special CBI judge S K Yadav had said on May 26 that no application for an adjournment or exemption from personal appearance would be entertained. The court, which is hearing two cases relating to the demolition of the masjid, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya and Satish Pradhan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri hearing: BJP leaders will emerge unscathed, assures Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday expressed confidence that the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders facing the conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case, will come out unscathed in the CBI court hearing today. Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi are to appear in a Special CBI court in Lucknow today in connection with the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya. Talking to media here, Naidu said, ?It is a legal process and let it happen and we are sure that they are innocent and they will come out unscathed in the entire thing.? He refused to comment further as the matter is sub-judice. On the opposition?s charge that Prime Minister Modi was trying to shunt out the ?Old Guard? of the BJP using this case, Naidu replied that they (Opposition) have to score political points and create confusion in the minds of the people. ?Whatever they say is not true. Everybody knows that these cases were there for so long and were not withdrawn, even when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister and Advani was deputy prime minister. Now the court has added conspiracy charges in the case but I am sure the conspiracy charge will not stand,? said Naidu. The Supreme Court last month had given special court a month to frame fresh charges against Advani, Bharti, Joshi, and a dozen other leaders and was asked to deliver its verdict within two years after daily hearings.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ahead of crucial Babri hearing, CM Adityanath meets Advani, Joshi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ahead of the crucial Babri Majid hearing, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, who are facing charges in the case. The Chief Minister reached the VVIP guest house, where the leaders were present before the hearing. A special CBI court in Lucknow will frame charges today against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The leaders will appear today before the Special CBI judge S K Yadav. The court had also asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person. While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the judge had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained. The court, which is hearing two separate cases relating to the demolition, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the second matter. The Supreme Court had on April 19 ordered prosecution of Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti, and other accused for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive case. It had also ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years. The apex court ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Raebareli against Advani, Joshi and Bharti and unknown ‘kar sevaks’ shall be brought together in one trial. The apex court also directed the trial court in Lucknow to commence the proceedings in four weeks and hear the matter on a day-to-day basis so as to complete the hearing in two years. The apex court also said there will be no ‘de novo’ (fresh) trial. The CBI has been ordered to ensure that at least one prosecution witness appears in the trial court for recording of testimony. To ensure a speedy trial, the top court has given two important directions – first, no party shall be granted adjournments without the sessions’ judge being satisfied of the reasons for it; second, the trial judge hearing the case shall not be transferred till the judgement is delivered.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No one can stop construction of Ram temple, says BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj on Tuesday said “no power on earth” could stop the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya ahead of proceedings in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.The Babri Masjid versus Ram temple debate should be dropped now, he said, claiming that those who had opposed the construction of the temple were now Ram bhakts.The Muslim community too was in favour of a temple being built in Ayodhya, he told mediapersons here.”No power on earth will be able to stop the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya,” he said.Meanwhile, senior Hindutva leader Ram Vilas Vedanti, an accused in the case, said that he was among those who had pulled down the structure in Ayodhya.”I was one of those who had pulled down the dome of the disputed structure in Ayodhya,” Vedanti, who is here to appear before the special court in the Ayodhya case, told reporters.BJP stalwarts L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti are to appear before a special CBI court here for framing of charges in the demolition case.

Advani, Joshi will face Babri charges on May 26

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Special CBI Court (Ayodhya Prakaran) Lucknow on Wednesday fixed May 26 as the date for framing criminal conspiracy charges under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, former HRD minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister Uma Bharti, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambahara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia for demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.The court has also fixed May 25 for framing of the same charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharam Das Maharaj and Shiv Sena leader Satish Pradhan.The court has directed the CBI to ensure presence of all the accused on both the dates for framing criminal conspiracy charges against them.The hearing is scheduled for a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government will celebrate three years in office.Sena leader surrenders, gets bail in Babri caseEarlier in the day, Pradhan surrendered before the court in connection with the same case. He was granted bail by the court on furnishing surety and personal bond for Rs 20,000.The Shiv Sena leader was to surrender on Saturday but had sought time due to illness. Five other accused, including Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Ganpat Rai, BL Sharma, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti and Daharam Das Maharaj had surrendered before the Special CBI Court on Saturday. They were released on bail by CBI Judge SK Yadav.In pursuance of the Supreme Court order dated April 19, the Special CBI Court is likely to invoke fresh charges under Section 120(B) of the IPC against six accused of Rae Bareli Court excluding Rajasthan governor and former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh whose name was omitted from the list of accused due to Constitutional immunity.The six accused — former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, ex-HRD minister and BJP MP Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister Uma Bharati, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambhara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia — will have to surrender before the court once criminal conspiracy charges were framed afresh against them.

Special court begins hearing in Babri case, grants bail to 5

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special CBI court here today began day-to-day hearing in the Babri Masjid demolition case and granted bail to five VHP leaders named as accused in it. The Supreme Court had on April 19 directed the special court to start proceedings in the matter within a month and deliver its verdict within two years. The CBI court had earlier issued summons to six accused persons, of whom five, including Ram Vilas Vedanti (59), appeared in the court and sought bail. CBI special court judge S K Yadav allowed their bail plea asking each of them to furnish two sureties of Rs 20,000 and a personal bond of the same amount. The court fixed the next hearing on May 22. Besides Vedanti, those who appeared before the CBI court were VHP leaders Champat Rai (71), Baikunth Lal Sharma (88), Mahant Nritya Gopal Das (79) and Dharmdas Maharaj (68). The sixth accused, Satish Pradhan, did not appear.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ram Temple issue would’ve been resolved by now if BJP hadn’t pulled down Babri Masjid: Samajwadi Party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noting that BJP has hijacked the Ram temple issue from the Congress, Leader of the Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Ram Govind Chaudhary today said had the Babri mosque not been pulled down, the matter would have been resolved by now.”It was the Congress which got the locks removed, placed the idols and Rajiv Gandhi got the ‘shilanyas’ done but you (BJP) hijacked the issue…had you not got the matter spoiled by pulling down the Babri mosque, the issue would have been resolved by now,” Chaudhary said.He was speaking on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor for his address to the joint sitting of the state legislature.
ALSO READ Babri Masjid case: Here’s a timeline of one of the most controversial chapters in India’s historyThe veteran Samajwadi Party leader said that like all the Hindus he too wanted Ram temple (to be built) but the matter is now in the Supreme Court, so it should be done only as per the apex court verdict or through mutual dialogue.In a long speech laced with humour and sarcasm, he termed the 101-page governor’s address as a useless commentary.
ALSO READ Sena’s UP ex-chief claims kar sevaks were given training to pull down Babri Masjid”There is no announcement of people’s welfare scheme in the address and the only talk about loan waiver of farmers is also contradictory,” Chaudhary said citing the difference in the cut off date of cabinet decision on the issue and that mentioned in the governor’s address.Giving a detailed account of crime cases since the new government came to power, he alleged that BJP got massive majority on false promises and propaganda.”No one is feeling secure in the state today, not even traders,” he said, citing the recent murder of two jewellers against which traders were observing bandhs in different places.He also said that it was a serious matter that the body of an IAS officer was found in the heart of the capital this morning.Charging the government with insensitivity, Chaudhary stressed that the government seems to be in a hurry and is ordering inquiries in all the works done by the previous Akhikesh Yadav dispensation.”People have sent them to resolve the problems but what did they do…become government of inspector raj,” he said, adding that people wanted them to solve problems of poverty, unemployment and others but they picked up broom.”They appear not concerned about shortage of medicine but like to sweep the streets,” he said.The Leader of Opposition, who also gave an account of the works done during the previous government, said that the SP is not afraid of inquiries.”If the state of law and order continues as it is now and pace of development is like this, the government does not take enough interest in people’s problems and we get the blessings of Yogi like this, we will form the next government with 285 to 350 seats (in the 403-member House),” Chaudhary said.The SP leader said that his government was blowing its own trumpet and taking credit for the works done by the previous SP government.Speaking on the Yogi government’s plans regarding ‘gai, Ganga and gokashi’, he lamented that a new breed of gau sewaks have emerged who target anyone who is taking cows from one place to another.To an interruption from Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna lauding his “theatrics” which he said could have forced star of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan to take retirement, Chaudhary retorted by saying that it was the mega star who was advertising on behalf of Gujarat.On the issue of cow slaughter, the SP leader praised the party leader Azam Khan, who was present in the House, for his concerns and for raising it in the very first cabinet meeting of the SP government.”Give up the drama and propaganda and if you are so concerned about cow, you should ban meat export by bringing a law by the central government,” he said, adding that this step has harmed poor both among the Hindus and Muslims.”You propagate ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’, stop spewing venom against members of a particular community…are the Muslims not entitled to keep cows and buffaloes,” he said, going on to claim that members of the RSS had no role in the freedom struggle but they later hijacked it by making tall claims.Pointing towards Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he said, “You are a chief minister and also a saint and you should not have the feeling of Hindu and Muslim in your mind and take all as one and take everyone along in development of the state.”

If no compromise, court shall resolve Ram Temple issue: Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If Muslims do not want a compromise on the Ram Temple issue, the court is there to resolve the land dispute in Ayodhya, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said on Thursday, drawing sharp retort from the Babri Masjid Action Committee.”If they don’t want a compromise, the court is there…. We have already won in the Allahabad High Court, which has ruled that Lord Rama was born at a place of central dome as per faith.”If you talk of Hindu-Muslim unity, a mosque can be constructed anywhere, but it cannot be constructed where Lord Rama took birth,” Swamy, also a Rajya Sabha MP, told reporters after his meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here, sounding confident of legal victory in the matter.He, however, declined to divulge what transpired at his meeting with Adityanath, a hardline Hindutva leader and vocal proponent of the temple.Swamy said, “There was a temple where a mosque was constructed… The clerics, who are adamant, should know that.””There is a way (of settlement) through the Supreme Court. I have a fundamental right under Article 25 of the Constitution to worship at the place of my faith. I am fighting for my fundamental right, while they are fighting for property right,” he said, sounding confident of legal victory.When asked how a settlement could be reached when both the parties were not in agreement, he said, “Samjhauta nahi karna chahte hain to phir court to hai hi (If they don’t want to compromise, then the court is there to resolve the issue)”.However, convenor of Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) Zafaryab Zilani, when asked to comment on the matter, said, “Swamy should not threaten Muslims. We have faith in judiciary and we are law-abiding citizens and will respect whatever the court rules.”Zilani had earlier said, “With Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the helm of affairs, there is no hope that justice will prevail with the Muslims. Both of them have been BJP workers and supporters of Ram temple movement.”Swamy had recently urged the Muslim community to support construction of the Ram Temple at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.”Ram temple can only be built at one place in Ayodhya where the structure of a temple was found at the disputed site following investigation by the Archaeological Survey of India,” Swamy had said.The BJP MP claimed that the Allahabad High Court had made it clear that the structure of a temple was found at the disputed site.In September 2010, a three-judge Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court had stated that Lord Rama was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple and Hindus have the right to worship there.Subsequently, the apex court had stayed the implementation of the HC decision. The case is pending since then.”Babri Masjid was built after the temple was demolished and the Hindu community has been demanding construction of the Ram temple for a long time,” Swamy had said.”If the issue is settled amicably, it will be all right, otherwise we will enact a law to construct a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya when we get majority in the Rajya Sabha by April, 2018,” he had asserted.Swamy, who was asked by the Supreme Court to talk to all parties in the dispute, said he had discussions with Muslim leaders — AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi and Babri Masjid Action Committee convener Zafaryab Jilani — over the issue.”The Muslim leaders did not agree to a bilateral negotiation but wanted mediation of the Supreme Court,” he had said.The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has already rejected the Supreme Court’s suggestion for an out-of-court settlement of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute and said that only a verdict by the apex court will be acceptable to it.”No out-of-court settlement is acceptable to us,” AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rehmani has said.On March 21, the apex court had suggested an out-of-court settlement of the dispute at Ayodhya, observing that issues of “religion and sentiments” can be best resolved through talks.

Proven that temple exists below Babri Masjid structure Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Reiterating his stand on the Ram Mandir issue, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said that it has been proven that a temple exists below the Babri Masjid structure. Swamy explained that under the study conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India, at the instructions of the Allahabad High Court, it was found that the Babri Majid was built above a temple. The BJP leader further gave examples of other Muslim-dominated countries where mosques are demolished in order to make roads, buildings etc., adding that a mosque can be built anywhere. ?The temple must be built in a place which is believed by people to be Ram?s birthplace. A mosque can be built anywhere. In all the Muslim countries, mosques are broken to construct roads, buildings. The mosque which was built in Mecca on the advice of Paigambar Mohammad was also demolished. If the Muslims want a compromise, then they should build a mosque somewhere else,? Swamy said. ?Even the Babri Masjid was built above a temple, which was known by the research conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India at the instructions of the Allahabad High Court. We have already won in the Allahabad High Court. It has believed that the central dome is the birthplace of the Lord Ram. The Muslims should convey the same to their clerics,? he further added. Swamy expressed confidence over the apex court?s verdict to come in his favour. Earlier on March 21, the apex court said the Ayodhya dispute is a sensitive and sentimental issue, adding its best that this matter was settled amicably. The court asked parties concerned to sit together to arrive at a consensus and asked BJP’s Subramanian Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31. The court also suggested if required, a principal mediator can be chosen by the court for settling the issue. Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said if the parties want him to mediate then he is ready for the task.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sants to discuss mandir issue, ‘gau raksha’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A large congregation of Hindu saints, including the Shankaracharyas will meet in Haridwar in May to discuss issues of ‘gau raksha’ (cow protection) and building of Ram mandir in Ayodhya.The conference of the ‘Margdarshak Mandal’, which is an annual affair of the RSS-affiliated Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), will be held from May 31 to June 2 in Haridwar. According to VHP sources, saints from all over the country will discuss issues of national interest in this meeting.Under the current government, the views discussed in Margdarshak Mandal meetings are further conveyed to the top leadership in government. This year, the main issue will be the Ram temple issue — to pressurize the government into taking a stand on building the temple.”Since the Ram temple issue is of current national importance, it will be one of the main points of discussion,” said VHP’s international joint general secretary Surendra Jain.He further said that other topics of discussion are not yet finalised and it will be the saints who decide what topics will be talked about, but Gau Raksha and Ram temple will surely be the highlights.After the meet, the VHP also plans to hold training sessions across the country where their cadre would be educated on core ideology of right-wing. Whatever is discussed in the meeting will also be taken to these trainings.Recently the Supreme Court had ordered that Union Minister Uma Bharti and senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will undergo trial on charges of criminal conspiracy and invoking hatred in the Babri masjid demolition case. Post the order, demand for building the Ram temple started gathering stream, with Uma Bharti echoing the sentiment.

Sena’s UP ex-chief claims kar sevaks were given training to pull down Babri Masjid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After former BJP MP Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, yet another Babri Masjid demolition accused has come out with a startling revelation: that kar sevaks were given proper training in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and provided with equipment to raze the Mughal-era mosque 25 years ago.Talking to the DNA, former Uttar Pradesh chief of Shiv Sena and a close associate of its founder Balasaheb Bal Thackeray, Pandey claimed that all equipment for demolishing the mosque were kept at Karsevakpuram. “The moment kar sevaks attacked mosque, equipment were handed over to them to execute the task of demolishing Babri mosque,” he said.Pandey claimed that he was provoked by the statement of Vedanti that there was no conspiracy in demolition of Babri mosques. “I wanted to record my statement before the designated court under Section 313 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) but Vendantiji provoked me to come out in open,” he said.Pandey said that thousands of kar sevaks were given training in demolition at Kamadgiri Parvat temple in Chitarkoot in Uttar Pradesh, other places in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. “If a conspiracy was not hatched for the demolition of Babri mosque then why its strategy was chalked out well in advance and why kar sevaks were trained?” he asked.Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray used to call Pandey his third son and he had participated in almost all meetings related to temple movement and kar seva between 1989 and 1992. He was also a close disciple of late Mahant Ramchandra Paramhans Das, the architect of temple movement and then chairman of Ram Janambhoomi Nyas.”Preparations for razing the Babri mosque were on for two years, ever since first kar seva failed in October-November 1990 following firing on kar sevaks. Whatever happened in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 was very well planned in advance and the rehearsal and proper training were given to those opted for the kar seva,” confided Pandey.Pandey further revealed that during a crucial meeting in 1990, it was formally decided to pull down the structure as that was the only way to pave way for the construction of Ram temple. “When everything was pre-planned then Dr Vedanti’s statement that he was the one who had ordered for the demolition and Advani and others had hatched no conspiracy is ridiculous,” he quipped.He claimed that Adavniji, Dr Vedanti and others were sitting on a dais in Lakshman Teela. “They were nowhere near when kar sevaks started climbing the tombs of the Babri mosque with equipment supplied to them from Karsevakpuram. Once we were there then there was no going back and we returned only after bringing the mosque down,” he pointed.When asked if he will stand by this version in the court, Pandey said: “I will record my statement before the court after appearance of witnesses are over.””Both my gurus, late Mahant Paramhans Ramchandra Das and late Balasaheb Bal Thackeray, laid their lives for the temple and Hindutva cause. I won’t hesitate in sacrificing my life for the same,” he declared.Pandey had narrowly escaped police bullets when Mulayam ordered firing on kar sevaks who climbed the tombs of Babri mosque on November 2, 1990. He went to jail for about 18 times with Paramhans Das in connection with the temple movement.

Kerala Minister MM Mani makes unsavoury remarks against IAS officer, women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kerala minister’s alleged remarks accusing an IAS officer of plotting with the RSS to pull down a cross on an encroached piece of land in Munnar and questioning the character of some women activists have triggered a huge political row.70-year-old Power Minister M M Mani, a senior CPI-M leader from Idukki, made the comments against the women activists of a plantation workers’ outfit in hilly Idukki district, allegedly questioning their character at a public function today.Known for making controversial comments, Mani’s remarks have triggered strong condemnation from political leaders cutting across party lines and demand for his apology and resignation.Presently in New Delhi, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “If any offensive statement was made against them (the women), it was improper.”The BJP-led NDA has called for a dawn-to-dusk ‘hartal’ in the district, demanding Mani’s resignation., Facing all-round flak, Mani expressed regret later and claimed his remarks were wrongly interpreted by the media and only the edited version of his speech was shown.”I regret that my words have been misunderstood. The stir of Pembila Orumai (the outfit) had caught the attention of all. I did not mean to insult women in my speech,” he told reporters.Mani had last night accused Devikulam Sub-Collector Sriram Venkataraman of conspiring with RSS for pulling down a giant cross erected on an an “encroached” piece of land in Munnar, saying the act was akin to the Babri Masjid demolition.Expressing his unhappiness over the anti-encroachment drive launched in the ecologically sensitive area, he also said the official should be sent to a mental asylum.”The cross at Pappathichola was brought down as part of an RSS conspiracy and the act was similar to the Babri Masjid demolition,” he charged referring to the removal of the 30- foot tall Cross put up allegedly on an encroached piece of government land in Munnar on April 20.Mani’s remarks drew sharp condemnation from the ruling coalition partner CPI and the opposition Congress and BJP.Senior CPI leader Panniyan Ravidran said those who speak indecently “will find their place in history in the dustbin.” Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said it was upto the chief minister to decide if Mani should continue in his Cabinet.Criticising Mani, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said the efforts are on to isolate those who stand for the truth and justice.Even as his earlier remarks were yet to die down, Mani made fresh remarks today against the women activists of “Pembila Orumai,” which had successfully staged a protest for wage hike for plantation workers in 2015.Hurt by his remarks allegedly questioning their character, some activists of the outfit squatted on a road in Munnar demanding apology from the minister.The police bid to arrest them triggered a mild tension briefly in the hill town.The one-and-half month-long agitation by thousands of women plantation workers two years ago under the outfit’s banner, keeping the political parties and trade unions at bay, had grabbed headlines.Law Minister A K Balan, CPI(M) MP, P K Sreemathi, party’s former Rajya Sabha member T N Seema, Congress leader Bindhu Krishna, writer Sara Joseph, were among those who came out against Mani’s remarks.Ramesh Chennithala wrote an open letter to the chief minister demanding Mani’s ouster from the cabinet. A case should be registered against him for the remarks against women, he said.Kummanam Rajasekharan also asked the government to register a case against Mani.The BJP also would take out a protest march in all district headquarters.

Stand by my claim of demolishing Babri Masjid- Vedanti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Ram Vilas Vedanti on Saturday reiterated that he ordered the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, and there was no political pressure on him to withdraw the remark. ?I am not pressurized by any political party and I claim to have demolished the old structure with the support of members of Karsewaks to rebuild the temple,? Vedanti told ANI. Vedanti further refused to accept that there was a mosque on the disputed land and expressed his determination to build the Ram temple. Vedanti on Friday claimed it was he and not BJP patriarch LK Advani who incited the frenzied karsevaks to pull down the disputed shrine. Vedanti’s remarks came two days after the Supreme Court resurrected the conspiracy charge against senior BJP leaders Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Advani wasn’t to blame for Babri: Ex-MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former BJP MP and a senior member of the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas, Dr Ram Vilas Vedanti, made a sensational disclosure in Ayodhya on Friday, claiming that he — and not former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani — was behind demolition of Babri mosque.“Advanji has nothing to do with the demolition of the Babri mosque,” claimed Vedanti, who is also an accused in the conspiracy case along with Advani and others.His statement assumes importance in the wake of the Supreme Court order directing that Advani and other accused be tried under section 120-B and the trial be completed within two years at the sessions court in Lucknow.Vedanti challenged the apex court order, saying that when Advani and others had nothing to do with the conspiracy and the demolition, why should they be tried. “I was the one who conspired and ordered for the demolition of the Babri mosque. Why then should anyone else be made the scapegoat?” he asked.“When kar sevaks were demolishing the structure, I, along with Ashok Singhal and Mahant Avaidhnath, were cheering them on with slogans to pull down the mosque at the earliest since the Ram temple could not otherwise be built there,” he said, talking about the demolition that took place on December 6, 1992.

Not Advani, I asked karsevaks to pull down disputed shrine: Ex-BJP MP Vedanti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ram Vilas Vedanti, a former BJP MP and an accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, today claimed it was he and not the BJP patriarch L K Advani who incited the frenzied karsevaks to pull down the disputed shrine. “I demolished and got demolished the disputed structure, the ruin that stood there. The accusations against L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia are wrong,” he said.Vedanti’s remarks came two days after the Supreme Court resurrected the conspiracy charge against Advani, Joshi and union minister Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Vedanti said, in fact, Advani, Joshi and Scindia even took the microphone from him and tried to persuade the karsevaks to come down from atop the structure and leave. They even made the plea in English, he later told a TV news channel.Vedanti said he, Mahant Avaidyanath, also a former BJP MP, and VHP leader Ashok Singhal exhorted the karsevaks to raze the disputed structrue. Both Avaidyanath and Singhal are now dead.He told India Today TV channel he was prepared to be “hanged” for the cause of Ram temple. When asked was his claim an effort by him to “derail” the trial against BJP veterans, Vedanti said,” I have spoken about this earlier too.”Earlier on April 19, the Supreme Court allowed the CBI’s appeal in the Babri Masjid demolition case and restored criminal conspiracy charges against the BJP veterans Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti besides Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh. However, Kalyan Singh, who was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992, enjoys constitutional immunity as the Rajasthan Governor and can be tried only after he leaves office. The apex court ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Raebareli against Advani, Joshi and Bharti and unknown ‘kar sevaks’ shall be brought together in one trial. The Supreme Court also directed the trial court in Lucknow to commence the proceedings in four weeks and hear the matter on a day-to-day basis so as to complete the hearing in two years. The apex court also said there will be no ‘de novo’ (fresh) trial.The CBI has been ordered to ensure that at least one prosecution witness appears in the trial court for recording of testimony. To ensure speedy trial, the top court has given two important directions – first, no party shall be granted adjournments without the sessions judge being satisfied of the reasons for it; second, the trial judge hearing the case shall not be transferred till the judgement is delivered. The Supreme Court also said that its order should be followed in letter and spirit. If the parties involved feel that the top court’s order is not being followed in letter and spirit then they will be having the liberty to approach the apex court.

BJP believes in innocence of its leaders in Babri case: Prasad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP believes in the innocence of its leaders in the Babri Masjid case, party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said today and rejected as “imaginary” a question on whether the Supreme Court order will impact the possible candidature of L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi in the presidential and vice presidential polls. “We believe in the innocence of our important leaders, including Advani ji and Joshi ji…They have been facing trial and they will face trial in terms of process of law,” he told reporters here. Asked whether the SC order asking them to face trial will impact their candidature for the posts of the President and the Vice President, elections for which are due in the next few months, the Union minister said he would not respond to “imaginary” questions. While the term of President Pranab Mukherjee is coming to an end on July 24, the term of Vice President Hamid Ansari ends on August 10. Top BJP leaders Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti will be tried for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case as the Supreme Court had yesterday allowed a CBI plea for restoring the charge against them. The apex court, however, noted that Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh enjoys constitutional immunity and can be tried only after he ceases to hold the office. Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992. Prasad said the case relating to the demolition is not a new one and had been on since 1993. “It has gone through various stages of justice…It was a Supremer Court order which said cases in Lucknow and Rae Bareli should go on separately. Now the court has said that the two cases be clubbed together. Both are the Supreme Court’s orders. The Supreme Court is supreme,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Important people have to be protected’: Venkaiah Naidu says govt will not reduce VIP security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has no plans to cut back on security to VIPs, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said, a day after the Centre banned the use of beacon lights atop all vehicles, except emergency vehicles like ambulances and fire brigade.”With regard to security, it is necessary in the interest of the country because important people have to be protected. Otherwise, there is no preferential treatment,” Naidu, who holds the portfolio of Information and Broadcasting, told reporters here.About the Centre’s decision to put an end to the VIP culture, he said: “Everybody is a VIP and that is the philosophy of our government.”Though it is a small initiative but it sends a message that every person should be treated equally, he added.He hoped that state governments will also shun the used of beacons or they will face the wrath of the people.On a query about the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, the Minister said the case has been going on for so many years and there is nothing new in that.He did not elaborate on what could be the impact of the Supreme Court order in the Babri Masjid demolition case on the BJP.Top BJP leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti will be tried for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case as the apex court had yesterday allowed the CBI plea to restore the charge against them.The SC, however, noted that Rajasthan Governor Singh enjoys constitutional immunity and can be tried only after he ceases to hold the office. Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992.Meanwhile, amid a debate on some of the negative impacts of social media, Naidu said it cannot be censored.”It is a larger issue. We have to think about it and discuss because we cannot think of censoring social media. The society has to discuss and then come to a conclusion at the end of the day,” he said.The Minsiter was speaking to reporters after inaugurating a workshop on Instagram for government employees engaged in social media communications.

CBI played dubious role in Babri demolition case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has pronounced its verdict and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is sitting pretty. But not many know that it was the country’s premiere agency itself which had dropped the criminal conspiracy charge under section 120-B of the IPC against Advani and others while submitting a supplementary charge sheet in May 2003 before Rae Bareli Special CBI Court. It was alleged that the CBI acted at the behest of the AB Vajpayee government then.Clubbing the two cases — 197/92 and 198/92 — the investigating agency had filed a joint charge sheet at the Special CBI Court (Ayodhya Prakaran) in September 1997. Section 120-B was slapped in the charge sheet against the named accused, which included Advani, Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi.The same, however, was dropped when the supplementary charge sheet was filed at the Rae Bareli Court on May 31, 2003, though other charges under Sections 153-A, 153-B (spreading communal frenzy), Section 147, 149 (rioting/committing a crime and 505 (creating ill will) were retained.What had baffled legal experts then was that when other sections relate to criminal conspiracy, how could the CBI drop Section 120-B against the accused. “If at all the CBI could frame any case against Advani and others, it is the criminal conspiracy (Section 120-B),” late PK Chaube, then a senior CBI Counsel pursuing the Babri case on behalf of the investigating agency, had once told this correspondent during hearing of the case in Lucknow.“Dropping criminal conspiracy charge against the accused means that there is virtually no case against them and they will be bailed out without much difficulty on remaining charges,” he had then predicted, not knowing that the CBI will go to the Supreme Court to correct its own blunder.A forthright Counsel who would not mind speaking against his own client when it comes to law and its interpretation, late Chaube’s stand in 2003 got vindicated on Wednesday when Supreme Court directed to revive criminal conspiracy charge against Advani and others.What was more painful for the late CBI counsel was that the CBI had dropped the most important charge at a time when the investigating agency had told the court to produce video clippings on July 30, 2003 to prove how Advani and others had incited kar sevaks to demolish the mosque. It had also listed 49 witnesses, including 22 journalists, to substantiate charges against these political bigwigs.The CBI had then argued that charges were not framed under section 120-B as it did not find any mention in FIRs lodged on December 6, 1992. The argument is questionable as investigating agencies file charge sheet on the basis of its investigation and not solely relying on the FIRs.The biggest question then is why the CBI went for an appeal in the Supreme Court for revival of the same charge?The issue of CBI diluting its own case had rocked the Parliament in July 2003 and then Law Minister Arun Jaitley had made a statement claiming that criminal conspiracy charge was never slapped by the agency against the eight accused.In his famous verdict on February 12, 2001 Justice Jagdish Bhalla had observed that “I am of the opinion that no illegality has been committed by the courts while taking cognizance of a joint/consolidated charge-sheet on the ground that all the offences were committed in the course of the same transaction and to accomplish the CONSPIRACY; that the evidence for all the offences is almost same and therefore these offences can not be separated from each other irrespective of the fact that 49 different FIRs were lodged.” (page number 109 of Justice Bhalla Judgement)When the High Court had upheld the CBI’s consolidated charge sheet, which included criminal conspiracy charge, then there was no justification in CBI withdrawing it against Advani and others at a later stage.Justice Bhalla’s judgment did drop cases against the eight accused on technical grounds but it had upheld criminal conspiracy (120-B) charge against all 49 accused including Advani, Dr Joshi and Uma Bharti.

Babri Masjid demolition: SC charges senior BJP leaders with conspiracy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court (SC) delivered a blow to the old guard of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when it revived the conspiracy charges against them in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The apex court further said that the trial will commence from the point it stopped more than a decade ago.The Bench, comprising Justices PC Ghose and Rohinton Nariman, directed the trial court to frame the additional charge of conspiracy against LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiar, Sadhvi Ritambara, and Vishnu Hari Dalmia.Conspiracy charges have been filed against Champat Rai Bansal, Satish Pradhan, Dharam Das, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahamadleshwar Jagdish Muni, Ram Bilas Vadanti, Vaikunth Lal Sharma ‘Prem’, and Dr Satish Chandra Nagar in the charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, who is one of the accused, enjoys immunity as long as he is in office.The SC observed that the secular fabric of the Constitution was shaken due to the alleged crimes committed 25 years ago. The Bench slammed the CBI, Uttar Pradesh and the Allahabad High Court for their conduct, which led to the delay in the conclusion of the case.”The accused have not been brought to book largely because of the CBI not pursuing the prosecution of the alleged offenders in a joint trial, and because of technical defects which were easily curable, but which were not cured by the state government,” it said.The Bench further added that the trial court was not wrong in “taking cognizance of a joint charge sheet on the ground that all offences were committed in the course of the same transaction and to accomplish a criminal conspiracy.””What is being done by us today is only to remedy what was expected by the Allahabad High Court to have been done shortly after its judgment dated February 12, 2001,” the Bench said.The SC also transferred the trial from Rae Bareilly to Lucknow, where proceedings will now take place on a day-to-day basis. Transfer of judges have also been held back until the end of the trial, which must be completed in two years.There were two sets of cases pertaining to the demolition of the disputed structure. The first involved unnamed ‘karsevaks’, the trial for which is under way in a Lucknow court. The second pertains to VVIPs in a Rae Bareilly court. In 2010, the Allahabad High Court upheld the Rae Bareilly special court ruling that dropped criminal conspiracy charges against Advani and seven others.Neeraj Kishan Kaul, Additional Solicitor General (ASG), appearing for the CBI, argued that the high court completely misinterpreted the trial court’s February 2001 judgment and confirmed the dropping of proceedings against 21 accused persons which could not be done.Representing Advani and Joshi, Senior Advocate KK Venugopal argued: “If the CBI has proof that my clients conspired with over 1 lakh karsevaks, it should have placed it before the Lucknow court.” He insisted that there could not be a joint trial without a state government notification. Venugopal also invoked the right under Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution to assert that the court’s extraordinary powers could not eclipse fundamental rights.Welcoming the judgment, Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhawan, who was a CBI lawyer in the case, said: “The trial was separated only because of an error.” On rejoining the trial, Dhawan added that the case against eight leaders in Rae Bareilly was weak. However, once the conspiracy charges were added, it made sense to conduct the trial in Lucknow. “By excluding Advani from the Lucknow trial and trying them in Rae Bareilly, where the prosecution’s apparatus would be weak, it would give them de facto immunity,” he said.WHAT IT MEANSA chapter closesWith the verdict, a political saga of 30 years ends. For the party veterans, it is the end of a political journey.Prez dreams crashFor Advani, nearing 90, any hope of becoming President is now shattered. The original rath yatri is maintaining a stoic silence. A difficult verdict for MM Joshi, 83, too. He too had presidential aspirations.Modi can now decideThe PM is now free to decide on a presidential candidate without being weighed down by the aspirations of party patriarchs.Future bleak for Babri panel? With the issue going out of the political spectrum, the Babri Masjid Action Committee and Babri Masjid Coordination Committee lose their very reason for existence – keeping the Ayodhya cauldron boiling.

From Lalu Prasad Yadav to Uma Bharti: How politicians reacted to SC order on Babri demolition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court in its Verdict on Wednesday reinstated criminal conspiracy charges with regards the Babri Masjid issue, against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and 10 others in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Excluded from the list was Rajasthan Governor, Kalyan Singh who enjoys constitutional immunity owing to his post. Separate trials were to be clubbed, and henceforth trials would be conducted in the capital of UP only. The case was to be concluded in two years. Post the verdict, many factions and individuals came forth with their own take on the issue.Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has called a BJP core meeting on Wednesday and the Babri Masjid verdict is likely to be a key point of discussion.The BJP spokesperson, Sambit Patra had stated that the Party would study the verdict in detail.While many have called for the dismissal of Uma Bharti, the Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, from the Union Cabinet, Union minister Arun Jaitley virtually ruled out possibility. He described the possibility of the ruling having any bearing in selection of candidates for presidential and vice presidential polls as “hypothetical”. Speaking on the issue, he said, “This case is going on since 1993. Somehow it is going on and no new situation has arisen. So the situation which was prevailing will continue.”Speaking on the issue, Minister Uma Bharti said that the Party which was behind Emergency and 1984 riots has no right to demand her resignation. Defendant, Vinay Katiyar too said that Uma Bharti should not be removed from her post and stated that he was willing to go to jail if it meant that a Ram temple is built in Ayodhya. He added that there was no criminal conspiracy as the charges state, and that the CBI was trying to target the accused. He further said that they’d face the Supreme Court’s decison. According to CNN-News 18, Katiyar also asked why the BJP leaders should resign from their position.Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad was quoted by a report as stating that the CBI is an arm of the government which would say what the government wanted it to say. he called the whole issue a a well-planned political conspiracy. He added that it was a ploy to cancel out any intention to make L.K. Advani the next President. “The VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) and RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) are such dangerous parties, they do not even care about their own people,” he was quoted as saying. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Wednesday came to the defence of BJP veterans Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti after the Supreme Court restored conspiracy charges against them in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case and said that there was no conspiracy as it was a result of the invisible Hindu anger. RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha told ANI that the invisible Hindu anger was the result of pseudo-secularist politics in the country and the anti-Hindu attitude of the then central government.According to CNN-News 18, Sanjay Raot of Shiv Sena has stated that all the charges should be withdrawn adding it was not a conspiracy but something for national development.Congress leader Salmaan Anees Soz stated that Uma Bharti, a Cabinet Minister and MM Joshi, the Lok Sabha MP from Kanpur, should resign from their positions.Congress leader, Kapil Sibal has applauded the decision saying that it was a “substantial step forward in the cause of justice”. ​The NCP has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict and called for Uma Bharti’s dismissal from the Cabinet. Here are some more comments:Commentators are largely dived into those who support the verdict and those who find it unfair. However, many are erring on the side of caution with a ‘wait and watch’ approach

Ayodhya verdict: Maha Cong seeks resignation of Bharti, Kalyan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Ashok Chavan today welcomed the Supreme Court ruling restoring criminal conspiracy charge against top BJP leaders. The apex court today allowed the CBI’s plea in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case and restored criminal conspiracy charges against L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti. “Uma Bharti and (Rajasthan Governor) Kalyan Singh should quit their posts immediately and face trial,” Chavan said. The SC, however, has noted that Kalyan Singh enjoys Constitutional immunity and can be tried only after he ceases to hold the office. Kalyan Singh was the chief minister of UP in 1992.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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