New Delhi | WTNS | September 30:Nearly 28 years after the Babri Masjid was demolished, a special CBI court has acquitted senior BJP leader and former Union Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani and 31 other accused persons in the case of criminal conspiracy.
CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav said the accused, including veteran BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh, were being acquitted due to lack of evidence.
The judge added that the demolition of the mosque on 6 December 1992 was not pre-planned.
While Advani and the other accused have hailed the verdict, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi criticised it, saying the judgment “satisfies the collective consciousness of Hindutva and its followers and its ideology”.
Other Muslim leaders and Opposition parties have also spoken out against the verdict.
Here are 5 key takeaways from the judgment:
- The Babri mosque demolition was not pre-planned
- Not enough evidence against the accused
- Can’t prove authenticity of audio, video provided by CBI
- Anti-social elements tried to demolish the structure, accused leaders tried to stop them
- The audio of the speech is not clear