CBI moves court for summoning Kalyan Singh

Moving swiftly after his term as Rajasthan governor ended, the CBI moved Lucknow court for summoning Kalyan Singh to face trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Kalyan Singh, who was Uttar Pradesh chief minister when the mosque in Ayodhya was demolished, enjoyed protection from trial while he held a constitutional post as governor.

Meanwhile, in Jaipur Kalraj Mishra was sworn in as the new Rajasthan governor after Singh completed his five-year term. At the party office in Lucknow, Kalyan Singh, 87, rejoined the BJP, indicating that he was keen to get back into active politics.

Questioned on Ayodhya by reporters, he challenged opposition parties to make clear their stand on the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

The Central Bureau of Investigation filed an application in the CBI court here, seeking to summon Kalyan Singh to face trial for allegedly conspiring to demolish the Babri mosque.

The special court is conducting the trial of those accused in the alleged conspiracy – including senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti.

For the record, the CBI inquired from the agency if Kalyan Singh no longer holds the constitutional post of governor. The CBI application may be taken up on Wednesday.

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