A special CBI court in Lucknow, which is conducting daily hearing of the 1992 Babri demolition case, on Thursday directed BJP leaders LK Advani, Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi to appear before it on May 30.
The Lucknow court said they would get no exemption and must appear before the court on the given date.
All three leaders have been charged with criminal conspiracy in the December 6, 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid. The Supreme Court had last month ruled that conspiracy charges against the trio, as well as other leaders, would be reinstated, 7 years after the Allahabad High Court had upheld a 2001 CBI court judgement dropping them.
The special CBI court that began day-to-day hearing in the politically-sensitive case on 20 May has granted bail to former Shiv Sena MP Satish Pradhan, the sixth accused in the said case.
Special CBI court judge SK Yadav granted him bail on a surety of Rs. 20,000 and a personal bond of the same amount.
The Supreme Court had on 19 April directed the special court to start proceedings in the matter in a month and deliver the verdict within two years.
The BJP leaders had moved court seeking exemption from personally appearing in court for the hearing of their role in the conspiracy to raze the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.
The apex court gave the CBI special court in Lucknow a month to frame fresh charges, and two years to deliver its verdict in the 25-year-old demolition case.