Babri Masjid demolition was not pre-planned, says court, rules out conspiracy theories
Rapid Action Force stationed in 25 sensitive districts
New Delhi: A special CBI court on Wednesday said that demolition of the Babri Masjid was ‘not pre-planned and ruled out the conspiracy theories’ in the December 1992 incident in which the Mughal era monument was razed to the ground by a mob of kar sevaks.
The CBI court has acquitted all the accused in the case, including the BJP veterans LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti, reports said.
While reading the verdict, CBI Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav said that there was no conspiracy in the act. 28 years after the demolition of Babri Masjid, the CBI court has acquitted all 32 accused in the case.
The court observed that the demolition was not pre-planned and evidence are not strong. While Sadhvi Ritambhara, Sakshi Maharaj, Vinay Katiyar and Champat Rai Bansal were present in court, three key accused BJP leaders skipped physical hearing, and attended through video-conferencing — Uma Bharti tested positive for coronavirus, LK Adavni and Murli Manohar Joshi have excused themselves on grounds of health and age.
If convicted, the veteran leaders inluding Advani, Joshi, Bharti, Katiyar, Ritambhara, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Bansal, Ram Vilas Vedanti, Dharmadas and Dr Satish Pradhan would face maximum imprisonment up to five years.
Meanwhile, a high alert has been sounded in Uttar Pradesh and police in civvies will be on guard in Ayodhya. 2,000 cops will be deployed at the building that houses the “Ayodhya Prakaran Court” in the Old High Court building in Lucknow’s Kaiserbagh.
A report in Times of India stated that Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel have been stationed in 25 sensitive districts.
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