A special CBI court today (May 30) in Lucknow granted bail to former deputy PM LK Advani, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi and Cabinet minister Uma Bharti, along with nine other BJP leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
The court rejected the discharge applications filed by the leaders and granted bail on personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each.
The special court had dropped charges against the three accused – Advani, Joshi and Bharti, as well as late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and others in May, 2001. But, the charges were resumed after the CBI challenged the court’s decision before the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court in November 2004.
All the three leaders were named in the FIR, which was filed after the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, for allegedly prompting the crowd and to conspire against the demolishing of the controversial erection.