“DO NOT CONSIDER MYSELF AS A CRIMINAL” : SAYS UMA BHARTI ON BABRI DEMOLITION

As a special CBI court in Lucknow is set to frame charges today against BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case, the feisty sadhvi said she did not consider herself a criminal.   Union Minister Uma Bharti said today, “I do not consider myself a criminal. The case is related to God and my expectations are also from God.  “Yeh khula aandolan tha jaise emergency ke khilaf hua tha. Iss andolan mein kya sazish thi mujhe pata nahin abhi. This was a revolution, just like the one opposing the Emergency. I don’t know how there can be a conspiracy,” she said.   The leaders will appear today before the Special CBI judge S K Yadav.The court had also asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person.  While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the judge had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained.  The court, which is hearing two separate cases relating to the demolition, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the second matter.  The Supreme Court had on April 19 ordered prosecution of Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti, and other accused for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive case.  It had also ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years.  The apex court ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Rae Bareli against Advani, Joshi and Bharti and unknown ‘kar sevaks’ shall be brought together in one trial.  The apex court also directed the trial court in Lucknow to commence the proceedings in four weeks and hear the matter on a day-to-day basis so as to complete the hearing in two years. The apex court also said there will be no ‘de novo’ (fresh) trial.  The Rediff.com : 30th. May,17

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