New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will on Tuesday file its reply in the Supreme Court explaining the delay in its submission in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
In the last hearing, the apex investigating agency had maintained that senior BJP leader LK Advani, VHP leaders and some others had committed a `national crime`.
The submissions made by the CBI drew a sharp reaction from the apex court which asked the agency not to use such a language till the case is decided by the courts.
"Please don`t say that it is a national crime or a matter of national importance. We are yet to decide it. Until we or trial court decide this way or other, you can`t make such statements," a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice HL Dattu said.
The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others in the Babri demolition case.
The bench made the observations after senior advocate P P Rao, appearing for CBI, submitted that leaders of BJP and VHP were involved in a "national conspiracy" which was reflected in the Rath Yatra and it’s a case of "national crime".
Rao`s submission came while challenging the verdicts of Special CBI court and Allahabad High Court dropping conspiracy charges against BJP leaders Advani, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti Vinay Katiyar and Murli Manohar Joshi.
The others against whom charges were dropped included Satish Pradhan, C R Bansal, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Sadhvi Ritambhara, V H Dalmia, Mahant Avaidhynath, R V Vedanti, Param Hans Ram Chandra Das, Jagdish Muni Maharaj, B L Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar and Moreshwar Save.
During arguments, the bench also questioned the CBI over the delay in hearings before the special court and the filing of the appeal challenging the verdicts of the two courts.
"You said that it is a case of national importance. Then can you say that the translation (of court records) takes days and filing of case takes three months," the bench said.
The agency pleaded that it should be allowed to file a fresh affidavit to explain its stand but the bench turned it down and said no fresh affidavits or material will be allowed to be placed before it.
However, allowed CBI to file documents which were referred to in the verdicts of the special court and High Court.