Babri Masjid demolition verdict out on September 30; Advani, other accused asked to appear in court

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On September 30, News18 announced Wednesday, a special Central Bureau of Investigation court will pronounce the judgment in the criminal case pertaining to the demolition of Babri Masjid. The Supreme Court last month set September 30 as the deadline for the trial to be concluded and a verdict issued.

According to NDTV, all 32 claimants, including Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Uma Bharati, were asked to appear in court on the day of the trial.

Counsel for the CBI, Lalit Singh, said defense and prosecution arguments closed on September 1, after which the special judge, according to PTI, began writing the verdict. Currently, the prosecution department has provided nearly 351 witnesses and 600 records in evidence.

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In the controversy over the Babri Masjid title issue, the Supreme Court had ruled in November that the contested land in Ayodhya must be handed over to a government-run trust to create a Ram temple. The top court also said Babri Masjid’s demolition was unconstitutional and ordered the government to purchase an alternative land plot to build a mosque.

Following the decision, on August 5, a foundation stone ceremony was held in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid a symbolic 40-kg silver brick in the sanctum sanctorum, or the innermost sanctuary, to mark the beginning of the temple building in Ayodhya. The Ram Janmabhoomi Trust said on Thursday that construction of the temple had started, adding that it would be finished within three to three and a half years.

A day before the ceremony on August 5, Advani called the Ram temple foundation-laying ceremony a “unique and emotional day” for him. He said he felt humbled that fate made him “perform a crucial duty in 1990 in the form of the Ram Rath Yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya.”

Bharti had said on July 25 that the judgement in the case of the demolition of Babri Masjid, in which she is an accuser, has no impact. “If I’m taken to the gallows, then I’m lucky. The spot I was born into is going to be comfortable, “she said.

The case

The Babri Masjid, located in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, was demolished on December 6, 1992, by Hindutva extremists because they believed it stood on the ground which was the birthplace of deity Ram.

Bharti had appeared before a special Central Investigation Bureau court on July 2, in order to record her argument. Meanwhile, on July 24 Advani recorded his statement by video-conference in front of special CBI judge SK Yadav and denied his involvement in the incident. According to his counsel KK Mishra, the senior BJP leader had been asked more than 100 questions. Former president of the BJP, Joshi, has reported his statement on July 23.

Three other defendants – Giriraj Kishore, Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief Ashok Singhal and Vishnu Hari Dalmia – died during the trial, and they were excluded from the trials.

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