Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti may land into trouble as the Supreme Court of India on March 6 expressed concern over the delay in Babri Masjid’s case trial against people who were involved in its demolition.

While hearing two petitions filed by the CBI and Haji Mahboob Ahmad, the Supreme Court bench indicated that the criminal conspiracy charges may be revived against BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, along with a dozen other Hindu activists including Vijay Katiyar and Kalyan Singh. Advani and Joshi were present at the site when the mosque was pulled down.

The CBI has challenged the Allahabad High Court’s ruling to acquit Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi and others.

The apex court has also favoured a joint trial of the two cases in the Babri demolition case underway in Lucknow and Rae Bareli. Interestingly, a lower court in Rae Bareli had earlier dropped the charges of criminal conspiracy against Advani and others leaders of the party.

However, a final decision on whether the charges against Advani and others will be revived or not will be decided on March 22 by SC.

Babri Masjid, a 16th-century mosque, was demolished in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh on December 6, 1992, after a political rally at the site turned violent.