Former Union Minister Uma Bharati on Tuesday said she would rather hang than seek bail if found guilty in the Babri Masjid demolition case in an emotional letter to BJP president JP Nadda. A special CBI court in Lucknow is due to pronounce its verdict in the case on Wednesday and BJP veterans including L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Bharati are among the key accused in the case. All the accused have been asked to be present before the court in Lucknow on Wednesday.
In her letter, Uma Bharati said that her decision not to seek bail if found guilty in the case may exclude her from his team but that would be the latter’s decision. She further wrote that even without a role or when the party had expelled her in the past, she had fought for the Ram temple, Ram rajya and the party’s ideology. Bharati is said to have written to the BJP president on the day Nadda announced a new team of BJP office-bearers. She had been divested of her role as party vice-president.
Last year, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgement in the Babri Masjid title case. The court allotted the disputed site in Ayodhya for the construction of a Ram temple and asked for a different site to be allotted for building a mosque. Allotting the disputed site for the construction of a Ram temple, the Supreme Court said the demolition of the Babri Masjid was a violation of the rule of law.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigated the case and produced 351 witnesses and nearly 600 documents as evidence before the special court.