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Verdict on Babri Masjid demolition case tomorrow

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The verdict on the historic Babri Masjid demolition case is likely to be pronounced tomorrow (September 30). Justice SK Yadav, who was running a marathon hearing of the Babri Masjid demolition case, will be pronouncing the verdict.

Notably, the arguments in the case of both the defence and prosecution had concluded on September 1. The prosecuting agency in the case—CBI—has produced 600 documentary evidence before the court. The probe agency has also produced 351 witnesses in the case.

Court asks all accused to remain present

The court had asked all accused in the case to remain present in the court during the pronouncement of judgment. There are 32 accused in the case. Prominent among them are veteran politicians including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and Vinay Katiyar.

Meanwhile, Uma Bharti has tested positive for coronavirus and admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh. Her health condition is stable, but she is unlikely to remain present before the court.

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A Supreme Court bench had last month extended the deadline for judgment in the Babri Masjid demolition case till September 30, 2020.

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.

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 dispute had paved the way for a grand Ram Temple at Ayodhya.

 

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