The special CBI court in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh has acquitted all 32 accused in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case and said that it was not a criminal conspiracy. Citing the lack of evidence, CBI judge SK Yadav said in the judgement that there was “not enough evidence” to prove that the demolition was pre-planned.
The key accused in the case BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, former ministers Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh has skipped the hearing. They have been cleared of all charges, conspiracy, promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion and “prejudicial to national integration and injuring or defiling a place of worship”.
49 were accused in the case out of which 17 died during the trials.
The verdict comes nearly after three decades of the 1992 Masjid’s demolition. The communal riots in the year claimed around 2000 lives.