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Yogi arrives in Ayodhya, offers prayers at makeshift Ram temple

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Published : May 31, 2017, 9:01 am IST
Updated : May 31, 2017, 1:22 pm IST

The visit comes a day after criminal conspiracy charges were framed against top BJP leaders in the Babri mosque demolition case.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. (Photo: Twitter | ANI)
 UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. (Photo: Twitter | ANI)

Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh):  UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday arrived here on his first visit to Ayodhya after taking charge and offered payers at the Hanumangarhi Temple. 

The chief minister also offered prayers at makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya.

The visit comes a day after criminal conspiracy charges were framed against top BJP leaders in the Babri mosque demolition case.

The chief minister offered prayers at the Hanumangarhi temple, an important religious place in Ayodhya.

On Tuesday, he had paid a visit to BJP veterans Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, who had come to Lucknow to appear before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

In a major setback to Advani, Joshi and Uma, the court on Tuesday rejected their discharge application, framing charges against them and the other nine accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Charges of criminal conspiracy under section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have been framed.

However, the accused will now move the Allahabad High Court against the CBI court's order.

Earlier yesterday, the court granted bail to all the accused by signing a personal bond of Rs. 20,000.

"They have been granted bail by signing bonds of Rs. 50,000. We have submitted discharge application. If the court rejects it, then charges will be framed," said lawyer of accused Prashant Atal.

The court had also asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP's Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person.

While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the judge had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained.

The court, which is hearing two separate cases relating to the demolition, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the second matter. 

Tags: babri masjid demolition, chief minister yogi adityanath, cbi court, l k advani
Location: India, Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya