Lucknow: Pronouncing the much-awaited verdict in the 28-year-old Babri Masjid demolition case, the Special CBI Court here in Uttar Pradesh (UP) today absolved all the accused including BJP’s founder-members LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
Reading out the judgement, Judge S.K. Yadav pronounced that the demolition was not pre-planned.
Prominent among others, the BJP veterans, Advani and Joshi, were accused in the 1992 demolition case that had claimed around 3,000 lives in the country then. Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh are among the main 32 accused in the case.
As per reports, 26 out of the total 32 surviving accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, except Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, Satish Pradhan and Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, were present in the Special CBI Courtroom in Lucknow today.
Advani, Joshi, Kalyan, Uma, Satish Pradhan and Mahant Nritya Gopal Das attended the court proceedings via video conferencing.
Reports said that former Union Minister Uma Bharti has contracted Coronavirus while senior BJP leader Kalyan Singh is recuperating from the virulent pandemic. Singh was UP’s Chief Minister at the time of the demolition and his government had been dismissed then as riots had broken out across the country that had around 3,000 death toll.
The lawyers of the accused had prepared bail bonds well in advance for their immediate release in case they were sentenced.
Following the Supreme Court’s judgement, the brand new Ram Temple is being built in Ayodhya on the Babri Masjid demolished site now. It’s popular as the Ram Janmabhoomi site.
Notably, Babri Masjid was a 16th-century mosque in UP’s Ayodhya and its demolition had changed the India’s political and social landscape.