The special CBI court in Lucknow has issued summons to former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BJP leader Kalyan Singh, directing him to appear before it on September 27 in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case.
The court is conducting the trial of accused persons, including BJP leaders L K Advani, M M Joshi, Uma Bharti and others for allegedly conspiring to demolish the mosque at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
Taking note of the information given by the members of the Bar association that Singh’s term as Rajasthan Governor expired this month, special judge S K Yadav on Saturday passed the order on a pending application that the CBI had moved on September 9.
After serving a five-year term as Governor, the 87-year-old leader, who was the UP chief minister when the Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992, rejoined the BJP on September 9.
The court had taken up the application and asked the CBI to produce papers that the term of Singh as the Governor has expired. The CBI had then sought time to produce the papers, saying it did not receive any documents from its headquarters.