New Delhi, Feb 7 (PTI): The Supreme Court reacted sharply to the Central Bureau of Investigation’s use of the term “national crime” to refer to the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid, and told the agency not to use such language till the case is decided by the courts.
“Please don't say that it is a national crime or a matter of national importance. We are yet to decide it. Until we or trial court decide this way or other, you can't make such statements,” a bench headed by Justice H L Dattu said.
The bench made the observations after senior advocate P P Rao, appearing for CBI, submitted that leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) were involved in a “national conspiracy” which was reflected in the Rath Yatra, and it is a case of “national crime”.
Rao's submission came while challenging the verdicts of Special CBI court and Allahabad High Court dropping conspiracy charges against BJP leaders L K Advani, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti,Vinay Katiyar and Murli Manohar Joshi.
Among the others against whom charges were dropped were Satish Pradhan, C R Bansal, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Sadhvi Ritambhara, V H Dalmia, Mahant Avaidhynath, R V Vedanti, Param Hans Ram Chandra Das, Jagdish Muni Maharaj, B L Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar and Moreshwar Save.
During arguments, the bench also questioned CBI over the delay in hearings before the special court and the filing of the appeal challenging the verdicts of the two courts.
”You said that it is a case of national importance. Then can you say that the translation (of court records) takes days and filing of case takes three months,” the bench said.
The agency pleaded that it should be allowed to file a fresh affidavit to explain its stand but the bench turned it down and said no fresh affidavits or material was to be placed before it.