Friday 30 October 2020

Babri demolition: Advani, Joshi, 30 others acquitted

The court will pronounce verdict in the Babri mosque demolition case, nearly 3 decades after the 16th century structure was demolished in Ayodhya on 6 December, 1992

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Special CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav has delivered his verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case on 30 September, 28 years after the 16th century structure was razed by a mob in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya town.

The key accused include former deputy prime minister LK Advani, former Union ministers MM Joshi and Uma Bharti and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh. Most of the senior leaders among the 32 accused such as LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were not present in the Lucknow court but marked their presence via video conference.

The 32 accused face charges under several sections of the IPC, including criminal conspiracy, rioting , promoting enmity between different groups and unlawful assembly. During the trial, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) produced 351 witnesses and 600 documents as evidence before the CBI court. The court had initially framed charges against 49 accused; 17 accused have died.

Here are the live updates:

  • CBI court acquits LK Advani, MM Joshi, 30 others

Former deputy prime minister LK Advani, former ministers Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti and former chief minister Kalyan Singh along with 28 other accused of conspiring to demolish the Babri Masjid in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya town 28 years ago have been acquitted by CBI special judge Surendra Kumar Yadav. In a hearing that lasted just about 10 minutes, the judge ruled the CBI had not been able to establish charges against the accused.

  • Babri Masjid demolition verdict: On high alert, UP police told to prevent gatherings

The UP police have issued a high alert across the state in view of the verdict, in the Babri mosque demolition case, to be delivered by the special CBI court (Ayodhya case) in Lucknow on 30 September, said senior police officials.

  • CBI Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav reaches CBI court.

The court will pronounce verdict in the Babri mosque demolition case, nearly 3 decades after the 16th century structure was demolished in Ayodhya on 6 December, 1992.

  • While top accused including LK Advani, MM Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti are unlikely to attend as Kalyan and Uma Bharti are recovering from Covid-19, various other accused are expected to be present.
  • Shiv Sena leader admits to role in Babri Masjid demolition

Accused Jai Bhagwan Goyal, 62, who was Shiv Sena’s north India chief at the time of demolition arrives. On the issue of demolition Goyal said the CBI court had directed them to bring guarantor along and said he won’t comply with the order. “Yes, I admit to my role in demolition,” he said.

  • BJP leader denies role

BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, who is among the accused in demolition case, denies hand in the criminal conspiracy. Katiyar and other leaders were on a stage that was away from the site where mosque was felled.

  • ‘Ready to face gallows for Lord Ram’, says former BJP MP

Former BJP MP and accused in the case Ram Vilas Vedanti has said that he is “ready to face anything, including gallows, for Lord Ram.”

  • Several accused reach CBI court ahead of verdict

Among the accused, Vinay Katiyar, Jai Bhagwan Goyal, Sadhvi Rithambhara, Acharya Dharmadas, Lallu Singh, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Ram Vilas Vedanti, Champat Rai and Sakshi Maharaj are present in the court.

  • All the accused, barring 6, inside the court; judgment shortly
  • Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi attend proceedings via video conferencing.
  • Babri demolition was spontaneous, not pre-planned’: CBI judge reads out verdict
  • 32 Babri case accused acquitted. Judge says demolition was spontaneous, not pre-planned

The Special CBI court acquits all 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case ending 28 years of trial in the case.

“The CBI court has acquitted all 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case. This ends the long pending dispute related with the 6 December, 1992 incident, “ said lawyer KK Mishra.

Mishra is representing 25 out of 32 accused in the case

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