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Final hearing in Ayodhya case on Dec. 16

LUCKNOW, NOV 2. In an Ayodhya-related case lying dormant for a few years now, the BJP president, L.K. Advani, and some other senior party leaders were issued notices today by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court.

The notices were issued on a Central Bureau of Investigation revision petition challenging the dropping of proceedings against them by a Special Court in May, 2001.

Admitting the CBI's petition for hearing, Justice M.A. Khan issued notices to Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh, the former Uttar Pradesh BJP president, Vinay Katiyar, and 14 other accused, including the Shiv Sena supremo, Bal Thackeray, and the VHP leader, Ashok Singhal.

The court fixed December 16 for the final hearing.

The CBI has prayed for setting aside the order of the then Special Judge (Ayodhya), S.K. Shukla, dropping the proceedings against the accused after the Lucknow Bench quashed the Uttar Pradesh Government's notification constituting the special court to try the case (crime number 198/92). It was registered at the Ram Janambhoomi police station against Mr. Advani, Mr. Joshi, Ms. Bharti, Mr. Katiyar and five others in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition.

If the court accepts the CBI's plea, the trial of Mr. Advani and other accused would start in the court of Special Judge (Ayodhya).

Though the CBI had filed the revision petition in 2001, it was admitted only today.

The investigating agency has also sought direction to the Special Court for proceedings against all the 46 accused in the case.

No change in stance: SP

The Samajwadi Party said there was no change in its stand on the Ayodhya dispute and all parties should abide by the court verdict.

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, said he could not comment on the Lucknow Bench decision "unless I go through its details." — PTI, UNI

`No order pronounced'

Our New Delhi Special Correspondent writes:

The Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson, Arun Jaitley, said that the Lucknow Bench had not passed any order and that what happened in the court today was a "procedural matter." The party would respond legally.

Mr. Jaitley added that during the tenure of the Vajpayee Government no effort had been made to interfere with the judicial process (the revision petition of the CBI was filed during the Vajpayee Government's tenure) or influence the CBI.

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