Nearly 26 years have passed since the destruction of the centuries-old Babri Masjid in Ayodhya at the hands of mad Hindutva on 6 December 1992. The verdict in the case will be pronounced on September 30 (Wednesday) in a special CBI court in Lucknow. Several senior BJP leaders including LK Advani are accused in the case.
Following the demolition of the mosque, two cases were registered in Ayodhya. One case was a conspiracy to destroy a mosque. Another case was filed against him for inciting the mob to destroy the mosque. The trial of the two cases is going on separately. A case of conspiracy to destroy the mosque is pending in the Lucknow court.
In July last year, the Supreme Court of India directed that the verdict in the case be pronounced within nine months. This term ended in April this year. In May, the Supreme Court directed the CBI court to pronounce its verdict by 31 August. In August, the deadline was extended to 30 September. Tomorrow’s decision will be announced according to that deadline.
A total of 49 people were charged in the famous case. Sixteen accused have already died. 32 left. Apart from Advani, notable accused include Murali Manohar Joshi, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh and BJP’s Fire Brand leader Uma Bharti.
All the accused have been directed to appear in court on Wednesday.
A total of 354 people have testified in the case, which has been going on for 27 years. Murali Manohar Joshi’s statement was recorded in a video conference in a special CBI court on July 23 this year. The next day, on 30 July, the statement of Lal Krishna Advani was also recorded. Both were present in Ayodhya on the day of Babri’s destruction. In a statement to the court, however, he denied the charges against him.
Regarding the imminent decision, All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Kamal Farooqui said that what happened in Ayodhya 26 years ago was not in the dark of day but in broad daylight. The whole country saw it. The decision of the court should be such that no one again has the courage to oppose any religious place of the country.
However, the Supreme Court of India has already settled the disputed land ownership case in Ayodhya. On 9 November, a five-judge bench rejected the Sunni Waqf Board’s demand and ordered the construction of a Ram temple there. In contrast, land has been allocated at a different location in Ayodhya for the construction of the mosque.