LUCKNOW: A special CBI court in Lucknow on Wednesday acquitted 32 accused, including BJP veterans LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti, of criminal conspiracy charges around 28 years after Babri Masjid was demolished in Ayodhya.
“The CBI court has acquitted all 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case. This ends the long pending dispute related with the December 6, 1992 incident,” said lawyer KK Mishra who is representing 25 out of 32 accused in the case.
The case has been investigated by CBI and the agency produced 351 witnesses and nearly 600 documents as evidence before the special court.
Over the years, the Ayodhya case has seen several witnesses narrating how the Babri Masjid was demolished using axes, heard audios of ‘kar sevaks’ raising slogans, seen evidence on video and arguments by the defence.
The case centres on the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid by a mob which believed it was built on the birthplace of Lord Ram. The demolition triggered communal riots in the country that killed around 1,800 people, according to official figures.
The case is different from the land dispute at the heart of the stand-off, which was settled by the Supreme Court in November 2019 in favour of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple, the foundation stone for which was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5.