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Former UP CM Kalyan Singh may face criminal proceedings in Babri demolition case

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Former UP CM Kalyan Singh may face criminal proceedings in Babri demolition case

Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and recently retired Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh may get entangled in the Babri demolition case following the lifting of immunity on his prosecution.

Talking to India Today TV, senior advocate Amir Ahmed said that Kalyan Singh was Uttar Pradesh chief minister when Babri Masjid was demolished, so he may be summoned by the Supreme Court for appearance in the 1993 case.

The CBI has already filed a petition in the special court for his personal appearance in the court.

Kalyan Singh recently rejoined the BJP after retiring from the post of Rajasthan governor and expressed intentions to resume active politics.

President of Congress unit in Agra, Haji Jamiluddin, told India Today TV that former deputy PM Lal Krishna Advani, BJP senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Sadhvi Ritambhara and Mahant Nritya Gopal Das are also accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

He said Kalyan Singh was immune from prosecution till now under Article 351 of the India Constitution after becoming the Rajasthan governor on September 3, 2014.

This is the reason why he could not be summoned by the court for the past five years, but now he has no such immunity so he should be ready to face the court, Jamiluddin said.

Agra civil court senior advocate Naseem Ahmed told India Today TV that Kalyan Singh may face serious trouble now as he was the UP chief minister at the time of the demolition of the Babri masjid.

Jamit-ul-Quresh district president Mohd Shareef Kale said that Kalyan Singh had made a promise to the nation that he will not allow the disputed structure to be damaged, but he did not keep his promise.

"Kalyan Singh is the principal accused of the demolition and he should face justice. He said that the Muslims have full faith in the law of India," Kale said.