NEW DELHI: A special CBI court in Indian state of UP, Lucknow city, has acquitted all 32 suspects facing charges of conspiracy in demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992, bringing big relief for Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti.
Four senior leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party of India had been among the accused at the trial that dragged for almost 28 years.
They were accused of making inflammatory speeches that incited followers ahead of the attack.
According to Indian media reports, the special court ruled that “the leaders present at the site during the demolition were trying to stop the mob and not incite them”. In the hearing that lasted just about 10 minutes, the judge ruled the CBI had not been able to establish charges against the accused.
Judge SK Yadav read out the 2,000-page order in Babri Masjid demolition case, observing that evidences against the accused were not strong enough and the Babri Mosque demolition incident was not pre-planned.
The verdict, however, has raised a number of questions, as to who demolished Babri Masjid, as shown in hundreds of thousands of pictures and videos, and while some of the accused even admitted their role in media interviews.