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Ayodhya case: Nothing against Advani, but M M Joshi will face charges

Sharat Pradhan in Rae Bareilly | September 19, 2003 12:17 IST
Last Updated: September 19, 2003 16:37 IST

The special court on Friday ruled that there was no ground for framing charges against Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in the Babri masjid demolition case, but seven others, including Union HRD Minister M M Joshi, were not so fortunate.

Judge V K Singh quashed the charge sheet against Advani while ruling that charges would be framed against BJP leaders M M Joshi, Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiyar, VHP leaders Ashok Singhal, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya and Giriraj Kishore and Sadhvi Rithambara on October 10. All of them have been told to appear in court on that day.

The BJP expressed happiness about Advani being discharged, but is unhappy about the charges against the other seven. We are against Joshi resigning because it is a political case and there is no moral turpitude involved and hence, even if charges are framed, there is no obligation to quit, BJP general secretary Pramod Mahajan told reporters after a party meeting.

Earlier a BJP leader had told thatAdvani and Joshi were prepared to resign if the special court in Rae Bareilly decides to frame charges against them.

"There is too much pressure on them from outside (the BJP). There are some who believe that their resignation will not harm the party as a message will go out that they did so for the sake of the Ram temple movement," he said.

In 2002, following a persistent demand from opposition parties, both had submitted their resignation letters to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whorejected the same.

The BJP leader also denied that Joshi had tried to put Advani in a spot by announcing his decision to resign in case the court decided to frame charges against him.

Top BJP leaders had met at Advani's residence in the morning to take stock of the situation.

With inputs from Tara Shankar Sahay in New Delhi and PTI

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Sub: hip hip hurrah

happy for advani think its the right verdict for an able ,sincere and honest human as him three cheers for him hip hip hurrah

Posted by narendar peswani

Sub: Whom is BJP trying to fool

Dont know whom BJP is trying to fool.. when the people responsible for demolitioning Babri masjid are ruling the country today... then how can one ...

Posted by nida

Sub: please dont quit

mr.advani and mr .joshi ,you are the only trur national lovers in todays politics.please dont quit.this is kali yug.ugly people will place charges against good ...

Posted by sanket

Sub: excellent manipulation!

hihihihi....... its like hanging all LTTE people except Velupillai Prabhakaran and giving a clen chit to him! Advani has used his office to manipulate the ...

Posted by prabha

Sub: congrats

congrats Advani sir.people are unnecessarily charging you. This should be a reminder to pseudo-secularists that loud talk alone will not convict a person and they ...

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