Babri Masjid Verdict: All 32 accused acquitted by the Special CBI court in Lucknow.
All accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case have been acquitted by the Special CBI court in Lucknow.
A special CBI court in Lucknow will today deliver its verdict in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case. The Supreme Court had fixed September 30 as the deadline for the trial court to pronounce its judgment. As per the latest development, all the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case have been acquitted by the special CBI Court.
The verdict was announced in Courtroom number 18. CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav says that the court observes that evidence against the accused is not strong enough. He added that the Babri Mosque demolition incident was not preplanned.
The verdict comes 28 years after the 16th-century mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya town was razed by a mob sparking communal riots. The Babri mosque in Ayodhya was demolished by karsevaks who believed the site to be the birthplace of Lord Ram on December 6, 1992.
The case has 32 accused which includes BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, and then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Kalyan Singh.
Ahead of the court verdict on the Babri Masjid demolition case, a high alert has been sounded across Uttar Pradesh today. More than 2,000 police personnel, half of them in civil clothes, have been deployed to ensure the security of the area, reports IANS.
BJP veterans LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti, and Kalyan Singh, accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, are unlikely to be present in the trial court. They have cited health issues. However, they were present through video-conferencing to hear the verdict.