NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today said it will not accept the discharge of L K Advani and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case only on technical grounds and kept the option open on reviving the conspiracy charge against them.
The apex court while making oral observations on discharge of Advani and other BJP leaders M M Joshi and Uma Bharti also came up with the option of ordering a joint trial of cases arising out of the two FIRs lodged in the wake of the demolition of the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri structure in Ayodhya in 1992.
“There are 13 persons who were discharged only on technical grounds. Today, we are saying why can’t we club both the cases and have a joint trial,” a bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman said.
“We will not accept the discharge on technical grounds and we will allow supplementary charge sheet,” the bench said.
These observations were made orally during a brief hearing by the bench, which posted the matter for further hearing on March 22. (AGENCIES)