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Babri Masjid demolition: Court acquits all 32 accused

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A special CBI court on Wednesday pronounced the verdict in the long-drawn Babri Masjid demolition case. All accused in the case, including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh, Mahant Nrityagopal Das have been acquitted by the court.

CBI judge SK Yadav pronounced that the demolition of the mosque was not pre-planned and ruled out conspiracy theories. The court said there was no conspiracy in the demolition of the mosque that happened in December 1992 when the Mughal era monument was razed to the ground by a mob of Kar Sevaks.

High profile accused remained absent in court

The court while reserving its verdict in the case had ordered all 32 accused to remain present at the time of pronouncement of the verdict. However, BJP veterans including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh remained absent. This apart, Mahant Nrityagopal Das also remained absent from the court.

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Twenty-six accused in the case were present during the pronouncement of the verdict in the CBI court in Lucknow. Those present in the court were Sakshi Maharaj, Vinay Katiyar, Dharamdas, Vedanti, Lallu Singh, Champat Rai and Pawan Pandey.

History of Babri Masjid demolition case

The Babri Masjid, reportedly built by Babur’s general Mir Baqi was demolished by Kar Sevaks on December 6, 1992. At the time, Advani and Joshi were at the forefront of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. The right-wing groups asserted that the mosque was constructed in the place of an ancient Ram temple.

An FIR was registered in this regard against Kar Sevaks who demolished the structure. Apart from Advani-Joshi, cases were also registered against Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders Ashok Singhal, Sadhvi Rithambara and Vishnu Hari Dalmiya among others.

Initially, charges were framed against 48 people in the case. However, 16 of them died over the course of trial that stretched for nearly three-decade.

Former Deputy PM Lal Krishna Advani deposed before the special CBI court via video conference on July 24 He claimed that he has been falsely implicated in the case. Similarly, Kalyan Singh’s statement was recorded on July 13 and Uma Bharti’s on July 2.

The statement of Murli Manohar Joshi was recorded on July 23, 2020.

The Supreme Court verdict on the long-drawn land dispute had paved the way for a grand Ram Temple at Ayodhya.

 

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