Former BJP MP Ram Bilas Vedanti and four others, including Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Champat Rai, all accused in the Babri Mosque demolition case, surrendered before a special CBI court in Lucknow on May 20, Saturday.
The accused were granted bail after signing a surety bond worth Rs. 20,000. The next hearing in the matter will be held on May 22.
The five accused were asked to appear before the court after a notice was issued to them. The court was hearing a case against the accused alleged to having been involved in demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya in 1992.
After being granted bail Ram Vilas Vedanti disclosed an explosive information on backing of the PV Narasimha Rao government in Babri Masjid demolition.
Vedanti said that the then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao had agreed to their request of not sending any forces in order to smoothen the process of demolition without any obstruction.
MP RV Vedanti recalled the incident and explained it to media, “On the night of December 5, 1992 around 11 pm, the then prime minister Narsimha Rao called me and asked what would happen tomorrow? I told him that the kar sevaks would not move back behind demolishing the structure. He then asked what help I wanted. I told him that if their forces don’t come, we would demolish it, to which Narsimha Rao agreed”.
On the involvement of other senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders such as LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi, Vedanti said “all of them had come to the spot after the action had begun, but they had requested the kar sevaks to come down the building and stop what they were doing. Kar sevaks were of the opinion that the temple would not be made until the ‘structure’ is demolished,”
“It was I who had instigated the crowd to bring down the (disputed) structure in Ayodhya. Advani ji was the one who was trying to restrain kar sewaks,” Vedanti added.
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