Nearly thirty years after the Babri Masjid was demolished by a group in Uttar Pradesh, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Lucknow on Wednesday acquitted all 32 accused. BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, citing lack of evidence. BJP leaders LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi welcomed the verdict.
“They have been acquitted for lack of evidence,” court said there was no conclusive proof against the accused. Twenty-six out of the 32 accused were present in the special court when the judgment was declared.
26 accused appeared before the court at 10.30 am. Outside the court, there was heavy police deployment and barricading. Media persons were not allowed to enter the court premises.
The case relates to the demolishing of the disputed structure in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.