New Delhi: A special CBI Court on Wednesday acquitted LK Advani, MM Joshi and others who were accused in the planning of the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. The court in its verdict observed that the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition was not pre-planned. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Latest News: Lucknow Banks, Civic Bodies to Remain Open on Dussehra | Here's Why
It said that evidence against the accused was not “strong enough”. The court further said the CBI had failed to substantiate the charges levelled against the 32 accused persons for the past 28 years. The court also said that the video recordings submitted to the court were ‘tampered with’. Also Read - Hindu Man From Lucknow Becomes The First to Donate Rs 21,000 For Building Of Ayodhya Mosque
Those acquitted in the case include former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, former Union Ministers M.M. Joshi, Uma Bharti, former Chief Minister Kalyan Singh and Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, among others. They had attended the proceeding via video conferencing as the court had directed them to be present at the hearing. Also Read - Another Day, Another Horror: Dalit Woman Reportedly Gangraped in Lucknow
After the verdict was announced, supporters of the leaders from Ayodhya and Lucknow broke out in jubilation outside the court in the UP capital.
The mosque in Ayodhya was demolished on December 6, 1992, by ‘Kar Sevaks’ who claimed that an ancient Ram temple stood at the same site.
Last year, a five-judge Constitution bench of the top court had ruled that the 2.77-acre land claimed by both Hindus and Muslims would be handed over to a trust for the building of a temple. The court had also ordered the allocation of a five-acre land at another site in Ayodhya for building a mosque.
On August 5, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the temple in the temple town in Uttar Pradesh.