The decade long wait for the verdict on the Babri Masjid demolition case will come to an end on September 30, as announced by a special CBI court looking into the case. The court has asked all 32 accused including former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh, BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Sakshi Maharaj to be present on the day of judgment.
The demolition case, also known as the Ayodhya criminal conspiracy case, has been set by special CBI court judge, Surendra Kumar Yadav. The statements of all 32 accused were recorded on September 1, under section 313 of the CRPC. Under this section, a judge holds an authority to question all the accused on the basis of the evidence put before the court and the accused are given chance to defend themselves against all allegations.
During the trial, the court examined 354 prosecution witnesses wherein 49 were accused but 17 have died. This sensitive case has crossed decades of extended court hearings along with political controversies and religious conflicts. The demolition of the Babri Masjid took place on December 6, 1992 by the ‘Kar sevaks’ who claimed that the Babur-era mosque was built on the site of ancient sacred Ram temple. On April 19, 2017, the Supreme Court clubbed both cases – conspiracy of the demolition and instigation of the crowd into one and had set up special court, “Ayodhya Prakaran” in Lucknow to conclude the verdict. Last month, the special court got a September 30 deadline by the Supreme Court to pronounce the verdict.