SC questions delay in appeal in Babri Masjid case

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday sought a reply from the government on the delay in filing an appeal challenging a high court verdict discharging BJP leader L.K. Advani and 20 others in the Babri Masjid demolition conspiracy case.

The apex court bench of Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice J.S. Khehar asked the government to file an affidavit explaining the delay.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) moved the apex court Feb 18, 2011 nearly nine months after the Allahabad High Court verdict May 20, 2010 discharging Advani and 20 others of the charges of criminal conspiracy in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh over 20 years ago.

Senior counsel P.P. Rao, appearing for the CBI, told the court that the delay was on account of the long time taken by the office of the then solicitor general in settling the special leave petition.

The court adjourned the matter for two weeks, giving one week to the government to file its affidavit to explain the delay on account of the law officer and one week to Advani and others for filing their replies.

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