All the 32 accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, including BJP veterans L K Advani and MM Joshi, were on Wednesday acquitted by a special CBI court here.
The court said there was no conclusive proof against the accused.
The case relates to the razing of the disputed structure in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
The mosque in Ayodhya was demolished on 6 December 1992 by ‘kar sevaks’ who claimed that an ancient Ram temple was stood at the same place.
“Law & Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives at the residence of senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani who, along with 31 other accused, was acquitted in Babri Masjid demolition case by Special CBI Court in Lucknow today,” ANI tweeted.
Delhi: Law & Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives at the residence of senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani who, along with 31 other accused, was acquitted in #BabriMasjid demolition case by Special CBI Court in Lucknow today. pic.twitter.com/oNHImAWP7i— ANI (@ANI) September 30, 2020
The 32 accused persons include former deputy prime minister Advani, former Union minister Joshi and Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, during whose tenure the structure was pulled down, besides Vinay Katiyar and Sadhvi Rithambara.
Champat Rai, the general secretary of the trust in charge of constructing the temple, is also among the accused.
The CBI, which went into the case, produced 351 witnesses and 600 documents as evidence before the court. Charges were framed against 48 people, but 16 had died during the course of the trial.
Over two dozen of 32 accused were present.
Advani (92), Joshi (86), Bharti (61), Singh (88), Nritya Gopal Das and Satish Pradhan were not present in court.
Let us tell you that on April 2017, the Supreme Court had directed the trial court to conduct day-to-day hearings and complete the trial in two years.
“Having read the report of Mr Surendra Kumar Yadav, learned Special Judge, and considering that the proceedings are at the fag end, we grant one month’s time, i.e., till 30th September 2020, to complete the proceedings including the delivery of the judgment,” a bench of justices R F Nariman, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee said last month.
(With PTI Inputs)