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SC adjourns till April 6 hearing on Ayodhya disputed structure demolition case

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The Supreme Court today asked BJP leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi and other accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case to give their written submissions and adjourned the matter for two weeks. A bench comprising of Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman asked all the parties in the case to file their written arguments by April 6 and posted the matter for further hearing on April 7.

The court was hearing the CBI’s plea against the Allahabad High Court order dropping criminal conspiracy charges against them in the case. At the start of the hearing, senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for the BJP leaders, sought permission for appearing before another bench in a part-heard matter. The bench allowed Venugopal’s plea but said that the parties should file their written submissions in the case before the next date of the hearing.

Yesterday, Justice Ghose had adjourned the matter for today as Justice Nariman was not present. The top court had also came up with an option of ordering a joint trial of cases arising out of the two FIRs lodged in the wake of the demolition of the disputed structure. However, the clubbing of two FIRs was opposed by the counsel for the accused. They were of the view that joint trial would lead to the beginning of proceedings de novo (afresh). Earlier, on 6th March, the apex court had said, it will not accept the discharge of the accused only on technical grounds. The court kept the option open on reviving the conspiracy charge against them.

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