Babri Demolition Case: Oppn Slams Verdict, AIMPLB to Approach HC
The accused were acquitted citing lack of evidence against them for hatching the alleged conspiracy.
Twenty-eight years after the Babri Masjid was demolished, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Wednesday, 30 September, acquitted all 32 accused in the case, including former deputy prime minister LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said that it will appeal against the verdict in the high court.
After the verdict, Advani issued a statement saying it vindicates his and the BJP’s belief in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.Joshi said that the verdict proves their rallies were not part of any conspiracy.
The accused were acquitted, citing lack of evidence against them for hatching the alleged conspiracy. The court also observed that the 1992 demolition was not pre-planned.
- Several BJP leaders including Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Ravi Shankar Prasad welcomed the verdict
- Prasad met Advani at the latter’s Delhi residence after the verdict
- Several Opposition leaders like Asaduddin Owaisi and Sitaram Yechury slammed the verdict, calling it a travesty of justice
- Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti attended the proceedings via video conferencing
- UP CM Yogi Adityanath in a statement said that the Congress government had framed saints, BJP leaders, VHP officials in false cases with intention to defame them
Babri Masjid Verdict: What Has Happened So Far?
Former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti are among the 32 accused in the conspiracy that led to the demolition of the 15th century mosque in December 1992.
Kalyan Singh, a senior BJP leader, was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh at the time of the mosque demolition. His government was dismissed as riots broke out across the country in which around 3,000 people died.
The symbolic construction of Ram temple started earlier this year, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi participating in the ground-breaking ceremony in Ayodhya on 5 August.
Babri Masjid Verdict: What Progress Has Been Made in the Case?
In April 2017, the top court had asked the special court to conduct day-to-day hearings and complete the trial within two years.
Advani had recorded his statement in the case before the special CBI court through video conference on 24 July. Joshi recorded his statement a day before Advani. Both have denied all the charges against them just like Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh.
LK Advani, MM Joshi Won't Be in Court for Judgment: Report
Despite the court directing all the accused to be present in the court during the judgement, LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will not be present when the court announces its judgment in the Babri mosque case on Wednesday, NDTV reports.
Advani and Joshi have reportedly sought an exemption, while Uma Bharti is in hospital with COVID-19.
‘Prefer to Hang Than Seek Bail,' Says Uma Bharti: Report
Former Union Minister Uma Bharati, one of the senior BJP leaders facing a verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case, has said that she would “prefer to hang than seek bail” in the case, if found guilty, according to The Hindu.
“I am proud of my participation in the Ayodhya movement and seeking bail would, I believe dilute this participating. Even if I have hang for having participated, it will be acceptable to me. In such circumstances whether or not you would want to keep me in your team is for you to consider,” she wrote in a letter to BJP president JP Nadda, the report said.
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