Indian court acquits all accused in Babri masjid demolition case
LUCKNOW: In a yet another biased judgment, an Indian court has absolved all the accused in 1992 Babri masjid demolition case saying that there was no “conclusive evidence” and the incident was not preplanned.
A special court in Lucknow announced the verdict saying that the video was doctored.
Special CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav, who absolved the 32 accused including MM Joshi and LK Advani, said Ashok Singhal and other Sangh Parivar leaders wished to protect the building as it held Ram Lalla statues inside.
Police have been put on high alert viewing the possibility of protests against the ruling.
In Nov 2019, the Indian Supreme Court, in one of the most controversial verdicts of its history, had announced that a Hindu temple would be built at the site of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
While, the pleas filed by Sunni Central Waqf Board and Shia Central Board of Waqf were rejected.
Ram Mandir would be built at the site of Babri Masjid and Sunni Waqf Board would be given five acre land at a separate place as an alternate to the site of the mosque in the city, the apex court had ruled.
A Hindu organisation had claimed that the mosque was built after demolishing a temple whereas, the Muslims had claimed that it was a fabricated claim and there was no sign of any temple at the site of the mosque.
In 1526, when Mughal emperor Babar arrived in India at the request of an Indian governor. One of his generals during the conquest of northeast India visited Ayodhya where he built the mosque and named it Babri Masjid to pay tribute to the king.
Hindu mobs attacked and demolished the mosque in 1992. The incident left nearly 2,000 people dead, mostly Muslims.
According to some Muslims, the dispute began in December 1949, when some Hindus placed an idol of one of their gods Ram in the mosque and started worshiping it, soon after the partition of the sub-continent.