Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on 30 may expressed confidence that the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders facing the conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case, will come out unscathed in the CBI court hearing on 30 may.
Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi are to appear in a Special CBI court in Lucknow on 30 may in connection with the demolition of the Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992 in Ayodhya.
Talking to media here, Naidu said, "It is a legal process and let it happen and we are sure that they are innocent and they will come out unscathed in the entire thing."
He refused to comment further as the matter is sub-judice.
On the opposition's charge that Prime Minister Modi was trying to shunt out the 'Old Guard' of the BJP using this case, Naidu replied that they (Opposition) have to score political points and create confusion in the minds of the people.
"Whatever they say is not true. Everybody knows that these cases were there for so long and were not withdrawn, even when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister and Advani was deputy prime minister. Now the court has added conspiracy charges in the case but I am sure the conspiracy charge will not stand," said Naidu.
The Supreme Court last month had given special court a month to frame fresh charges against Advani, Bharti, Joshi, and a dozen other leaders and was asked to deliver its verdict within two years after daily hearings.