Advani Charged with Inciting Ayodhya Riots

July 28, 2005

Source: BBC News

On July 28, 2005 BBC News reported, "India's opposition leader LK Advani has appeared in court and been charged with inciting Hindus to attack a mosque in the town of Ayodhya in 1992. The demolition of the Babri mosque sparked religious riots in which more than 2,000 people were killed. Mr Advani has denied any wrongdoing over the destruction of the mosque. A court had ruled that Mr Advani had no case to answer, but an Indian high court then overturned the ruling in 2003 and ordered him to stand trial. Mr Advani, who heads the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), appeared before a judge in a lower court in the northern town of Rae Bareilly to answer charges about his alleged role in the demolition of the mosque."