The statement of nine accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, including former deputy prime minister of India, Lal Krishna Advani is to be recorded, as per a court order.
Indian Express reported that a special CBI court in Lucknow, hearing the case, has decided to record statements, under Section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) through video conference between June 22 and July 2.
The court has fixed dates to get their statements recorded from their residence and issued direction to the director of National Informatics Center (NIC), Lucknow, to make necessary arrangements for the same.
The court will record statement of R N Srivastava on June 22, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das on June 23, Jai Bhagwan Goyal on June 24, Amar Nath Goyal on June 25 and Sudhir Kakkar on June 26, Acharya Dharmendra Deo on June 29, Lal Krishna Advani on June 30, Murli Manohar Joshi on July 1 and Kalyan Singh on July 2, said prosecution.
On 6 December 1992, a large group of Hindu extremists belonging to the Vishva Hindu Parishad and allied organisations demolished the mosque, triggering violent clashes all over the Indian subcontinent, killing around 2,000 people.
Last year in November, the Supreme Court of India had directed the Central government to hand over the disputed site at Ayodhya for the construction of a temple and set up a trust for the same.
The apex court had further directed the government to give a suitable land measuring five acres to the Sunni Waqf Board.
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