Tahlka News Desk
New Delhi: The Supreme court has adjourned the hearing on Wednesday of conspiracy charge against BJP Lk Advani and and several other Hindu right wing leaders in the Babri mosque demolition case.
Justice PC Ghose has said the matter would be heard on Thursday because justice RF Nariman, who was with him during the last hearing of the case, was not part of the bench on Wednesday.
Justice Ghose also declined to adjourn the hearing by four weeks as requested by BJP patriarch LK Advani's counsel, senior advocate KK Venugopal. Advani was among the 13 leaders exonerated by the trial court.
"You want me to retire first," the judge said in a lighter vein when Venugopal made the request. Justice Ghose is due to retire in May.
On March 6, the bench had expressed anguish over the trial court dropping the conspiracy charges against the 13 leaders on technical grounds. They had hinted at reviving the conspiracy charges.
Justice Nariman's exclusion from the bench for Wednesday's hearing had raised eyebrows among lawyers representing an individual who too has challenged the discharge of the senior BJP leaders.
The hearing was to be held a day after a separate bench of the top court called for an amicable settlement to the decades old dispute over the religious site in Ayodhya, saying the "sensitive and sentimental matter" is best settled out of court.
Chief Justice JS Khehar even offered to mediate such out-of-court negotiations, the latest push from the courts to resolve a dispute over a 2.7-acre land that remains India's most potent communal flash point between many Hindus and Muslims.