A Lucknow special CBI Court acquitted all the 32 accused in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case on Wednesday.
In its 2,000-page judgment, the court observed that the demolition in December 1992 was “not pre-planned” and that it happened at the “spur of the moment.”
The court also noted that the CBI had failed to prove the case against the accused, stating the Evidence Act was not adhered to, as the submitted evidence by the CBI was not clear enough to prove conspiracy. The judge also said that there was not enough evidence against the accused and that “anti-social elements” were responsible for the destruction.
The 32 surviving accused who attended the judgement proceedings included senior BJP leaders such as Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and former UP CM Kalyan Singh.
In a significant judgment last year, the Supreme Court allotted the disputed site in Ayodhya for construction of a Ram temple, while allotting a separate plot in the city for building a mosque.
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