After Supreme Court revised conspiracy charges against the Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case on April 19, she remained defiant about any conspiracy. The Union Minister said, she is ready to face the trial. She further said that Ram Mandir needs to be built in Ayodhya.
The apex court has also revised conspiracy charges against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi as well.
Bharti said, “for Ayodhya, for Ganga, for the tricolour, I’m ready to bear any punishment. Why should I regret it? There was no conspiracy, everything was open in front. There was nothing like this in contemplation.”
She further added, “the Babri Masjid case is yet to conclude. I have not yet been pronounced guilty. This country belongs to the cow, Ganga, Ram and the tricolour. I will defend them at any cost.”
The apex court has directed the sessions judge in Lucknow to conduct the trial in the Babri demolition case on a daily basis and that the judge will not be transferred. It also ruled out a fresh trial in the case.
Bharti turned the allegations against the Congress Party on the emergency when asked if she will resign on the Opposition’s demand.
“I will not react on Congress’ allegations and demands that I resign. Who are they to say anything? They imposed the emergency, they forcefully sterilised Muslims,” she added.
The SC also ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to ensure that witnesses are produced in court every day so that there is no delay in the Babri demolition case trial. The trial will have to be completed in two years.
Others who will face criminal conspiracy charges are Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal. The late Giriraj Kishore is also among the names in the original chargesheet.