All accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case have been acquitted by the Special CBI court in Lucknow on Wednesday.
In its judgement pronounced today, the court said that the demolition was not pre-planned. Earlier today, 26 of the 32 accused had arrived at the court premises to hear the court’s verdict.
While six others, including senior BJP leader LK Advani, had taken part in it through video conferencing.
There were 49 accused in the case out of which 17 have passed away. Therefore, the court pronounced its judgement on the rest 32 accused, who had been asked to be physically present in the court.
There were two cases registered in connection with the Ram Janmabhoomi temple-Babri Masjid dispute. The first was a title suit, whose judgement was pronounced by the Supreme Court on November 9, 2019, paving way for the construction of the Ram temple at the spot.
Earlier, the Special CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav directed all the 32 accused, including former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, BJP leaders MM Joshi, Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiar, to remain present in the court on the day of the judgment.
The court had last month rejected pleas of two prosecution witnesses — Hazi Mahmood Ahmad and Sayyed Akhlakh — seeking permission to file written arguments in the Babri Masjid demolition case, holding that they were not victims in the matter.
Notably, the CBI has already filed its 400-page written arguments in connection with the case.
The Supreme Court had earlier extended till August 31 the tenure of special CBI Judge SK Yadav and directed him to complete the trial and deliver the judgment in the case by that time. The apex court had later granted another month to special CBI judge SK Yadav to pronounce the judgment in the case.
(With ANI inputs)