[BREAKING] Verdict in Babri Masjid Demolition case on September 30; Lucknow Court directs presence of all accused
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[BREAKING] Verdict in Babri Masjid Demolition case on September 30; Lucknow Court directs presence of all accused

An order to this effect was passed by a Special Court in Lucknow, presided by Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav.

Aditi Singh

A Lucknow Court has fixed September 30 as the date for pronoucement of verdict in the Babri Masjid Demolition case.

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.

LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh, Muralidhar Manohar
LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh, Muralidhar Manohar

The order stating the date of pronouncement was passed today by a Special Court in Lucknow, presided by Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav.

The Special Court has directed all accused persons to remain present on the day of the verdict.

The trial was conducted for the alleged commission of offences under Sections 147/153-A/153-B/295/295-A/505 IPC read with Sections 149 and 120B IPC.

Following the Supreme Court's intervention, the case was heard by the Special Court on a day-to-day basis.

The case refers to the demolition of Babri mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 by kar sevaks who believed the site to be the birthplace of Lord Ram.

This led to the registration of two separate FIRs – 197/1992 and 198/1992. FIR 197 was against unnamed Karsevaks for the demolition of the structure while FIR 198 was against eight BJP leaders for instigating the demolition of the structure.

The case was subsequently transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

In April 2017, the Supreme Court had allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to frame charges against Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti and other leaders for criminal conspiracy in the Babri Masjid Demolition case.

The Court had then directed that the trial should conclude within two years, and had also ordered that the judge hearing the case to not be transferred.

Latest extension of the deadline for completion of trial and pronouncement of judgement in the Babri Masjid demolition case was granted by the Supreme Court in August 2020.

This deadline ends on September 30.

Last year, the Supreme Court had ruled in favour of the Hindu parties and had decreed the disputed site in Ayodhya in favour of the Hindus. It had also directed the government to award a different site measuring five acres to the Muslim parties for the construction of a Mosque.

The Supreme Court had ruled that the Muslims had failed to prove uninterrupted possession of the disputed site and on the basis of balance of probabilities, ruled in favour of the Hindu parties.

The Apex Court had nonetheless acknowledged that the act of razing down the Babri Masjid was illegal.

Read the Order:

Lko Court order - Babri Demolition.pdf
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