A special Central Bureau of Investigation court in Lucknow, today will pronounce the verdict in the twenty-eight-year-old case involving the demolition of Babri Masjid which is situated in Ram janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav was expected to pronounce the verdict by 10 am.
Babri Masjid located in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh was blown up by the Hindutva extremists on December 6, 1992, because they believed that it stood on land that was the birthplace of Lord Ram.
In August, the Supreme court had announced Sept 30 as their deadline to complete the trial and deliver a verdict.
The court had directed all 32 accused, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, and Kalyan Singh, to be present in court on the day of the hearing.
But none of the four high-profile accused will be present in court. Mr. Advani, 92, and Mr. Joshi, 86, are exempted from attending on health grounds. Uma Bharti has contracted coronavirus and Kalyan Singh is recovering from the same, according to NDTV. About 26 out of 30 accused are expected to be present in the court.
Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, and Kalyan Singh who are among the 32 surviving accused in the case, are facing charges of criminal conspiracy and promoting enmity.
Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, and Uma Bharti were allegedly on the stand near the mosque on December 6, 1992, at the time of demolition of the mosque. The investigating agencies have said they fomented the crowd with their speeches. Uma Bharti who is one of the accused of the criminal conspiracy behind the demolition of Babri Masjid had commented, “ I am proud of my participation in the Ayodhya movement and seeking bail would, I believe, dilute this participation. Even if I have to hang for having participated, it will be acceptable to me. In such circumstances whether or not you would want to keep me in your team is for you to consider”.