Shining Bangladesh Wednesday | 30 September 2020

Babri Masjid demolition case: LK Advani among all 32 accused acquitted

International Desk || shiningbd

Published: 13:37, 30 September 2020   Update: 13:39, 30 September 2020
Babri Masjid demolition case: LK Advani among all 32 accused acquitted

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The verdict on the Babri Masjid demolition case has been announced after 28 years. Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav delivered the verdict in a special court in Lucknow just before his retirement on Wednesday. The court acquitted all the 32 accused. The judge argued that the devastation was not premeditated. The court also said that the evidence was not enough. As a result, all the accused were released with dignity.

The verdict on the destruction of Babri is about 2000 pages. The work of writing the verdict started on September 2. Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav started reading the verdict at 11.50 am on Wednesday. Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav reached the court around 10.30 am. Reaching one by one, Sadhvi Ritambhara, Sakshi Maharajas. A total of 26 accused joined the court. However, Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi could not come due to old age. They joined the video conference. Uma Bharati could not come due to coronavirus attack. Mahant Nritya Gopal Das also did not come. No one except the accused, CBI lawyers and defendants’ lawyers had access to the court premises.

It was December 6, 1992. The whole country saw the frantic violence. The century-old Babri Masjid was destroyed by the attack of Ram devotees. The community violence claimed at least 1,800. A special CBI court in Lucknow on Wednesday announced the verdict in a case of demolition of a mosque after 28 years. Of the total 49 accused in the case, 17 died.

The Ayodhya land case has already been settled last year. On November 9, a five-judge bench rejected the Sunni Waqf Board's demand and ordered the construction of a Ram temple there. However, the Supreme Court also condemned the demolition of Babri Masjid.

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