NEW DELHI: Justice V. G Gowda has recused himself from hearing the CBI plea against dropping of criminal conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders in Babri case. The Supreme Court was hearing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s plea against Allahabad High Court’s order dropping criminal conspiracy charges against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
There are two sets of cases – one against BJP leader L.K. Advani, others who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 when the Babri mosque was demolished. The other case was against lakhs of ‘karsevaks’ (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure.CBI had charge-sheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code.
It had subsequently invoked charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the high court.