Indian court pursues Advani

India's Supreme Court has refused to suspend proceedings against the deputy prime minister and others accused of involvement in the demolition of historic mosque.

    Advani is accused of inciting the demolition of the Babri mosque

    Lal Krishna Advani and other Hindu hardliners are accused of inciting

    thousands of Hindu zealots to pull down the 16th century Babri

    mosque in 1992.

    They said the mosque was built after a temple to their

    mythological warrior god Ram was destroyed.

    The court issued notices on Monday to Advani, Human Resources

    Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, and federal detectives

    asking why they had sought to

    drop conspiracy charges in the case

    .

    Riots

    The demolition sparked off nationwide Hindu-Muslims riots that left

    2000 people dead.

    It became a key issue in the electoral campaign

    of the Hindu nationalist BJP party, which now heads the coalition

    government.

    The Babri mosque was demolished
    by Hindu hardliners in 1992

    In May detectives of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

    filed a formal petition seeking to quash conspiracy

    charges against the deputy prime minister

    .

    Last month, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee rejected

    opposition charges the CBI had been "used" to protect

    Advani

    and the others.

    Controversial report 

    The dispute over the site is now in the hands of the courts,

    which ordered experts of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to

    excavate the site.

    A summary of a report submitted to the court last

    week described a 10th-century temple with Hindu carvings under the

    rubble of the Babri mosque.

    However, the ASI had made no mention of the Hindu carvings in a preliminary report.

    SOURCE: AFP


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