Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi were charged with criminal conspiracy by a Lucknow court in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case. They deny making inflammatory speeches that encouraged Hindu mobs to tear down the mosque at Ayodhya.
Uma Bharti, the Water Resources Minister, told reporters: "I don't consider myself an accused...There was no conspiracy, it was an open movement like it happened against the Emergency."
The BJP backed its leaders. "We are sure that our leaders are innocent and will come out unscathed," said Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has always said the destruction of the mosque was a planned event.
The special CBI court, asked to wrap up the case within two years, will begin trial of these leaders but they do not have to attend the daily hearings.
Advani, 89, made his second court appearance in the case in 25 years.
All three leaders appeared in court on Tuesday and were told that exemptions from personal appearance would not be allowed under "any circumstances". However, they were all granted bail.
The Supreme Court has been hearing the case since 2011 after setting aside a high court judgment which allocated two-thirds of the disputed site to Hindu groups, and the remainder to Muslims.
The Allahabad High Court ruling in 2010 addressed three major issues. It said the disputed spot was Lord Ram's birthplace, that the mosque had been built after the demolition of a temple and that it was not built in accordance with the tenets of Islam.
For the first time in a judicial ruling, it also said that the disputed site was the birthplace of the Hindu god.
The case has already languished in India's famously sluggish legal system for so long that most of the original petitioners have died.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 02, 2023 (Thursday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||335.5||336.2|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||34.19||34.54|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.25||175.25|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs207,100 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,670.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Karachi||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Islamabad||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Peshawar||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Quetta||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Sialkot||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Attock||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Gujranwala||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Jehlum||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Multan||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Gujrat||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Nawabshah||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Chakwal||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Hyderabad||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Nowshehra||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Sargodha||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Faisalabad||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|
|Mirpur||PKR 207,100||PKR 2,420|