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Babri Masjid Verdict Highlights: Judgement vindicates my belief towards Ram Janmabhoomi movement, says LK Advani after acquittal

Babri Masjid Demolition Case: CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav said there was no evidence to prove that the demolition was premeditated and that there was no evidence to prove involvement of all the accused including LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh.

A special CBI court in Lucknow, on September 30, delivered its verdict in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case involving 32 accused, including BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and Vinay Katiyar. All the 32 accused have been acquitted in the case for want of evidence, almost 28 years after the 16th-century mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya town was razed by a mob sparking communal riots. In the verdict, CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav said there was no evidence to prove that the demolition was pre-planned. The accused, including Advani, Joshi, Bharti and Singh attended the proceedings through video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992 by “kar sevaks” who claimed it was built on the site of ancient Ram Temple. Last year, Supreme Court of India settled the land dispute over the site allowing construction of Ram Temple. The top court also directed that an alternative site be allotted near the temple for construction of a mosque. The ground-breaking function for the temple was held on August 5 in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Catch the highlights here :
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  • September 30, 2020 10:13 PM IST

    Babri Masjid Verdict LIVE Updates | No real Ram bhakt can destroy Babri Masjid, says Special CBI Judge

    The judgment passed by the Special CBI court in the Babri Masjid demolition case has held that those who demolished the Mughal era mosque on December 6, 1992, can never be called ‘Ram bhakts’, as their actions dealt a blow to India’s secular fabric. Acquitting all 32 accused in the case, including BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Uma Bharti, Special Judge SK Yadav held that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was the handy work of vandals, who did not even care that the act could desecrate the Ram Lala idol under the central dome of the historic structure.

  • September 30, 2020 06:17 PM IST

    Babri Masjid Verdict LIVE Updates | TMC comes out with a guarded response

    Trinamool Congress on September 30 was guarded in its response on the acquittal of all the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case by a special CBI court in Lucknow and said that "those who are not happy with the judgement will get relief in higher courts".
    While TMC refused to give any reaction to the verdict by either supporting it or opposing it, major parties of the state - the BJP, CPI(M) and Congress criticised it for its stand.

    "It is a court judgement, so we cannot just say we oppose or support it. The verdict has come after 28 years, few people are unhappy with it. We have come to know from the media that some outfits have expressed their displeasure," senior TMC leader and party spokesman Sougata Roy said.

    "We hope that those who are not happy with the judgement will get relief in higher courts," he said. (PTI)

  • September 30, 2020 05:45 PM IST

    Babri Masjid Verdict LIVE Updates | DMK accuses CBI of not acting fairly in Babri case, calls it a 'caged parrot'

    DMK president M K Stalin on September 30 alleged the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has failed to act fairly in the Babri mosque demolition case and that it has become a "caged parrot" of the BJP-led Centre.

    Despite the Supreme Court''s judgment that "the entire structure of the mosque was brought down in a calculated act of destroying a place of public worship," the CBI failed to prove the conspiracy in the case and it was a blow to the rule of law, he said. Destroying any place of worship was injustice and a gross illegal act. (PTI)

  • September 30, 2020 05:32 PM IST

    Babri Masjid Verdict LIVE Updates | Babri case verdict expected, not surprised: NCP

    The NCP on September 30 said it was not surprised over the special court''s verdict acquitting all accused in the Babri masjid demolition case.
    The CBI court in Lucknow has acquitted all the 32 accused, including BJP veterans L K Advani and MM Joshi, for want of conclusive proof against them.

    "The court has given verdict in the case today. It was expected, and hence, we are not surprised," Maharashtra minister and NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik said in a video message.

    The minister said though the accused were acquitted for want of evidence, probe agencies had filed the case based on evidences only.

    "Rath Yatra was taken out before December 6 (1992). The media of the country was present at the (mosque) site and documented the events. There were photos taken and videos captured. There are contents available on YouTube. But the court has given its verdict and we respect it," Malik said. (PTI)

  • September 30, 2020 04:51 PM IST

    Babri Masjid Verdict LIVE Updates | Verdict will be challenged in high court: All India Muslim Personal Law Board

    Senior lawyer and member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Zafaryab Jilani on September 30 said the verdict of a special court acquitting all the 32 accused in the Babri mosque demolition case would be challenged in the high court.

    There were hundreds of statements by the witnesses and in criminal cases these are very important, Jilani said, adding that among those who gave their statements were IPS officers and journalists who had said that the accused persons were sitting on the dias and inflammatory speeches were being given.

    The special CBI court has given its verdict ignoring the evidence and so Muslims will challenge it in the high court, he said. He also indicated that the board might also be a party. (PTI)

  • September 30, 2020 04:34 PM IST

    Babri Masjid Verdict LIVE Updates | ​Historic verdict, should bring an end to issue: MM Joshi

    Former Union minister and BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi termed “historic” a special CBI court verdict acquitting all the 32 accused, including him, in the Babri masjid demolition case.

    “I will say only one thing ''Jai Jai Shri Ram, Sab ko sanmatti de bhagwan (May Lord, bestow wisdom on all),” he said, expressing happiness over the judgement.

    “The court had delivered a historic verdict,” Joshi told reporters here in his first reaction to the verdict in the 28-year-old case.

    He thanked the lawyers who appeared for him in the matter and said they presented all the aspects and facts before the court.

    "The CBI''s arguments could not withstand the ones presented by our lawyers because of their hard work and preparations in this complex case. And the judge has brought out the truth before everybody,” he said. (PTI)

  • September 30, 2020 04:19 PM IST

    Babri Masjid Verdict LIVE Updates | Asaduddin Owaisi outrages over court ruling in Babri mosque demolition case

     Expressing outrage over the verdict of a special CBI court that acquitted all 32 accused, including BJP veteran L K Advani, in the Babri mosque case, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on September 30 called it "obnoxious" and said the central agency should appeal against it.

    Speaking to reporters, Owaisi in his reaction to the judgement said, "This judgement satisfies the collective consciousness of hindutva and its followers and ideology" He wondered how the court could state that there was no conspiracy in the matter. "Was it a some sort of magic that on December 6 the masjid was demolished? Who called for the assembling of the people over there? Who made sure that they entered over there?" he asked. Owaisi said the CBI should appeal against the judgement "to protect its independence." (PTI)

  • September 30, 2020 04:09 PM IST

    Babri Masjid Verdict LIVE Updates | ​Babri case lost its relevance after 2019 SC verdict: Shiv Sena

    Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on September 30 said the Babri masjid demolition case lost its relevance after the supreme court settled the Ram Janmabhoomi title suit in 2019 even as he welcomed the special court''s verdict acquitting all the 32 accused in the case.

    Speaking to reporters, Raut said the demolition episode needed to be forgotten now. "The (demolition) case in the special court lost its relevance after the supreme court''s verdict on Ram temple and bhoomi pujan of the temple performed by prime minister (in August)," Raut said.

    "This verdict was expected. I, on behalf of Shiv Sena and party president Uddhav Thackeray, welcome this decision of the court," he added.

    Raut also said that had Babri (mosque) not been razed, the ''bhoomi pujan'' of Ram temple in Ayodhya wouldn't have been possible.

    "...We have to forget that episode now," he added. (PTI)

  • September 30, 2020 04:01 PM IST

    Babri Masjid Verdict LIVE Updates | Muslim bodies to collectively decide on challenging Babri case verdict: Firangi Mahali

    All-India Muslim Personal Law Board senior member Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali on September 30 said organisations representing the community will together decide whether they need to challenge or not the CBI court verdict in the Babri mosque demolition case.

    Refusing to comment on the acquittal of all 32 accused, including former deputy prime minister L K Advani, ex-Union minister M M Joshi, Uma Bharti and former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh, Mahali said, "I don''t have anything to say on the verdict. Everybody knows how the Babri mosque was sacrificed on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya and how all rules were flouted." (PTI)

  • September 30, 2020 03:52 PM IST

    Babri Masjid Verdict LIVE Updates | Victory of truth: VHP on Babri demolition case verdict

    The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on September 30 termed the Babri masjid demolition case verdict, in which all accused were acquitted by a special court, as the "victory of truth". Welcoming the verdict, VHP international president Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje told PTI that the demolition of the mosque on December 6, 1992 was not "pre-planned".

    "We welcome the court judgement. It is the victory of truth," Kokje said.

    "The court took nearly 28 years to give its judgement, but it was clear from the day one that it (demolition) was not a pre-planned incident. ''Karsevaks'' were not called to Ayodhya for demolishing the mosque. Its razing was a sudden incident," he said. (PTI)

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