A Special CBI Court at Lucknow pronounced that there was no sufficient evidence to convict the accused and that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was not intentional furthermore that there was no criminal conspiracy behind it and acquitted all 32 persons accused of devising the criminal conspiracy behind the demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque on December 6, 1992. The persons acquitted include well-known BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharati etc.
The Special CBI Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav passed the verdict today.
- On December 6, 1992, the demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya took place, by the kar sevaks who supposed the location to be the birthplace of Lord Ram.
- Two separate FIRs were registered for the same; one was against anonymous kar sevaks for the demolishing the mosque and the second one was against 8 BJP leaders for prompting the demolition of the mosque. Later the case was transferred to the CBI.
A trial was conducted for the alleged commission of offences under the following Sections of IPC
- Sections 147 (Rioting),
- 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion),
- 153-B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration),
- 295 (Injuring or defiling place of worship),
- 295-A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class),
- 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief) IPC read with Sections 149 (Unlawful assembly) and
- 120B (Criminal conspiracy) IPC.
- The Allahabad High Court discharged the accused but on April 19, 2017, the Supreme Court had restored the conspiracy charges against the accused and allowed the CBI to frame charges against eight BJP leaders for criminal conspiracy in the Demolition case.
- The SC had ordered that the day-to-day trial and directed that it should be concluded in two years, and also ordered that the judge hearing the case to not be transferred.
- The deadline was extended by the Supreme Court several times for the trial court to complete the trial. On August 22 this year, the Supreme Court further extended the deadline for completion of the trial in the case, including the pronouncement of judgment, till September 30.