BJP leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh was granted bail here on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh after the framing of charges against him for Babri Masjid demolition. Earlier, Singh appeared in the special CBI court in Lucknow in connection with the case. Charges have been framed against him under several Sections. The Supreme Court, meanwhile, is hearing daily the case of vailidity of claims made by the Hindu and Muslim sides to the disputed plot of land in Ayodhya.
Kalyan Singh is being subjected to a trial under Section 149 in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The other Sections he faces are 153A, 153B, 295, 295A and 505 of the IPC. In this case, veteran BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Sadhvi Ritambhara, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and many others are accused, too.
Section 149, IPC: Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object —
If an offence is committed by any member of an unlawful assembly in prosecution of the common object of that assembly, or such as the members of that assembly knew to be likely to be committed in prosecution of that object, every person who, at the time of the committing of that offence, is a member of the same assembly, is guilty of that offence.
Significantly, Kalyan Singh was exempted from appearing in the court as Article 361 of the Constitution applies to him since he is the governor of Rajasthan. He was, however, summoned for this appearance. All the accused are out on bail.
The Babri Masjid was demolished on 6 December 1992 in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Kalyan Singh was then the chief minister of the state. He is accused of assuring that the Babri Masjid will not be damaged and yet allowing karsevaks to raze the ‘mosque’. Singh had resigned after the incident.
The Sangh Parivar, including the BJP which now rules at the Centre and many states across the country including Uttar Pradesh, claims it was not they who brought the structure down.
Article 361 of the Constitution: Protection of President and Governors and Rajpramukhs