Babri Masjid Demolition Case: Court to pronounce verdict on Sep 30


New Delhi – A special CBI court will pronounce its verdict in the decades-old Babri Masjid demolition case on September 30 in which former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, BJP stalwarts Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiar are among the 32 accused. Special CBI judge, Surendra Kumar Yadav has directed all accused persons to remain present in the court.

The Supreme Court had earlier fixed August 31 as the deadline for completion of proceedings including pronouncement of the verdict which was extended by a month and instructed the special CBI court to wind up the case by September 30.

The special CBI court at Lucknow has completed the recording of statements of the 32 accused in this case. LK Advani and MM Joshi, who were among those leading the Ram temple movement at that time, had deposed before the court through video conferencing. The court has also recorded statements of BJP stalwarts like Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti, both of whom appeared in person.

Lawyer KK Mishra, who is representing 25 out of the 32 accused in the case confirmed the date set by the court for delivering the verdict.

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