Observing that the Babri Masjid demolition was not preplanned, the special CBI court in Lucknow on Wednesday acquitted all the 32 key accused in the historic case. CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav who is set to retire immediately after the verdict, pronounced the judgement as he read out the 2,000-page order in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
Judge SK Yadav also stated that evidences against the accused are not strong enough. “The mosque was demolished by anti-social elements. The leaders Ashok Singhal and other Sangh Parivar leaders present at the site during the demolition were trying to stop the mob and not incite them and wanted to save the structure as Ram Lalla statues were inside,” stated Judge SK Yadav in the verdict.
All accused in the 28-year-old case were present at the court hearing expect for except for LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Nritya Gopal Das, Kalyan Singh and Satish Pradhan. It can be noted that if convicted, saffron veterans would have faced maximum imprisonment up to five years.
During the trial, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) produced 351 witnesses and 600 documents as evidence before the CBI court. The court had initially framed charges against 49 accused; 17 accused have died.
Meanwhile, police have issued a high alert across Uttar Pradesh in view of the Babri Masjid demolition case verdict to be delivered by the special CBI court in Lucknow from Wednesday morning to avoid any untoward incidents.