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Babri Case: CBI moves plea to summon Kalyan

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Babri Case: CBI moves plea to summon Kalyan

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 | PNS | Lucknow

The day Kalyan Singh relinquished the gubernatorial assignment, the CBI filed an application in a special court demanding that the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh be summoned in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Singh, who was Governor of Rajasthan, enjoyed immunity because of holding a constitutional post. When the Supreme Court ordered revival of the criminal conspiracy case against senior BJP leaders in April, 2017, Singh was given immunity as Governors enjoy under Article 361 of the Constitution.

Sources said that the CBI has written to the special CBI court on Monday that as former chief minister of UP is no longer Governor, he should be summoned. 

Senior BJP leaders like LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti are also facing conspiracy charges in the Babri mosque demolition case. 

“It will not be inappropriate to call Kalyan Singh as conspirator because he was the chief minister of UP when the Babri Masjid was razed in 1992,” sources said.

The CBI has facts in its favour because being the chief minister, Singh had assured the National Integration Council as well as Supreme Court that he would protect the structure. 

After his assurance, the Supreme Court had permitted a symbolic ‘kar sewa’.

After the demolition of Babri masjid, the CBI had filed charge-sheet against Kalyan Singh in 1993 and charged him as a necessary participant in the criminal conspiracy.

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