BABRI VERDICT … CBI Special Court lets free all accused in Babri Demolition Case



LUCKNOW: The CBI court which heard the Babri Masjid demolition case set free all the accused, in its verdict on Wednesday. The court said the accused only tried to avoid demolition of the masjid, and that no conspiracy could be established in this connection.

CBI special court judge SK Yadav began delivering the judgement in the long-pending Ayodhya Demolition Case in the morning on Wednesday. Today was Yadav’s last day in court, before close of an extension of his judicial service that had ended last year. The verdict was spread over 2,000 pages. 

Ban orders have been imposed on Ayodhya as a preventive measure and restrictions on public movement have been brought into force in capital Delhi as well.

Judge SK Yadav

Six out of 32 accused did not attend the court today, despite order to be present. Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi participated in the proceedings via video mode, and were not present in court. Another top personality, former MP chief minister Uma Bharti, is under treatment at AIIMS hospital for Covid.

Babri Masjid was demolished on 6 December, 1992. Over 2,000 people had died in the riots that followed in Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai and several other parts of the country. The mass rally in Ayodhya was organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the BJP leaderships, and Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti from BJP and Sakshi Majaraj and other leaders from VHP were present when the volunteers of these entities demolished the Babri Masjid brick by brick.

Sakshi Majaraj is Member of Parliament from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, and two more MPs were also among the accused. Uma Bharti did not contest the election in 2019, though she was minister for water resources in the first Modi government at the Centre. The other two MPs are Lallu Singh from Ayodhya and Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh from Goda constituency.

Over 300 people had appeared before court to give eyewitness account in the 28-year-old case.


Babri Masjid was built by Mougul emperor Babur in the 16th Century, which Hindus say was built at the spot in Ayodhya where Lord Ram was born. A court order last year gave the disputed site to Hindus, to build a Ram Temple there with funds from the Government. Muslims, who were the aggrieved parties, have been given a five-acre plot by the government at a distance away from the Babri site, on orders from the Supreme Court. 

The foundation laying ceremony for the temple had been laid in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few months ago. 


Ayodhya had become the fulcrum around which India’s national politics revolved since the late 1980, as the numerically weak principal opposition of the time, the BJP, rallied forces over the cause of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya where Hindus believe the epic figure Lord Ram was born. 

The Babri Masjid was demolished at the height of a BJP-VHP campaign, at the time when a Congress government led by PV Narasimha Rao was in power at the Centre. Rao tacitly supported the demolition, by saying that once the masjid was demolished, the BJP would lose its principal issue to mobilize the masses. Yet, BJP manage to outwit the Congress at the parliament elections in the latter part of the 1990s. 

The Congress staged a come-back through forming a United Progressive Alliance of some other parties too, and wrested power in two successive polls, 2004 and 2009, running governments led by Dr Manmohan Singh as prime minister for 10 years. The BJP played the ‘BC’ card against the Congress in 2014, and brought upfront Narendra Modi, then chief minister of Gujarat, and won the 2014 LS polls, followed by his retention of power in the 2019 polls as well. The BJP-led NDA is currently in power at the Centre. 

In his term, Modi and the BJP took special effort to close the case of dispute over the Ayodhya land, and the Supreme Court delivered its judgement after long years, on 9 November, 2019. It gave the Ayodhya land to the Hindus and asked the Uttar Pradesh government to give a five-acre land, free of cost, to Muslims to build a mosque. ==IHN-NN



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