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Special Court acquits all 32 accused in Babri Masjid Demolition Case

The case relates to the razing of the disputed structure in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

A special court in Lucknow delivered the much-awaited judgment on Wednesday in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.  All the 32 accused, including BJP veterans L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, have been acquitted.

CBI judge S.K. Yadav had on September 16 directed all the 32 surviving accused to remain present in the court on the day of the judgment. However, L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh are unlikely to be present in the trial court.

The case relates to the razing of the disputed structure in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

Main crimes

A total of 49 FIRs had been filed in the case but the case deals with two main crimes. The first crime (no. 197 of 1992) was alleged against lakhs of kar sevaks on charges of dacoity, robbery, causing of hurt, injuring and defiling places of public worship, promoting enmity between two groups on grounds of religion and so on.

The second FIR (no. 198) was lodged against eight persons: Mr Advani, Ms Bharti, Mr Katiyar, Mr Joshi, Ms Ritambara, Ashok Singhal (VHP leader), Giriraj Kishore and V.H. Dalmia. Mr Singhal and Mr Kishore are no longer alive

Source: The Hindu

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