Ex-UP CM put on trial in Babri demolition case

A special CBI court on Friday framed charges against BJP leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh in connection with a criminal case related to the Babri Masjid demolition.

Special Judge S K Yadav granted bail to Singh on a personal bond of ₹2 lakh.

The 87-year-old Lodh leader was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh when the 16th-century Babri Masjid was razed on December 6 in 1992.

The court had earlier asked the CBI to submit a report stating that BJP leader Singh is no longer on an incumbent constitutional position. This comes after the CBI filed an application in the court seeking an order to produce the former Governor in the court in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

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On September 9, Singh had rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after completing his term as the Governor of Rajasthan, a post which had accorded him immunity.

Besides Kalyan Singh, L K Advani, Uma Bharti, and Murli Manohar Joshi are accused of allegedly conspiring to demolish the mosque at the disputed site.

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