Babri Masjid demolition case: All 32 accused including LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti acquitted

The court said that the demolition was not pre-planned.

In the nearly three-decade-old Babri Masjid demolition case, a special CBI court on Wednesday acquitted all the 32 accused including BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti.

The special court observed the demolition to be done by anti-social elements and that the accused were there controlling the mob. There was no direct or indirect involvement of the accused in the demolition which was not "pre-planned" as stated by the special judge Surendra Kumar Yadav. Twenty-six out of the 32 accused didn't appear the hearing excusing themselves on grounds of health concerns. Uma Bharti has tested positive and is under treatment, Advani 92 and Joshi, 86 were not present due to the risk of infection.

"Verdict vindicates beliefs", says Advani

Senior BJP leader Advani hailed the decision that eventually vindicated his personal and BJP's commitment towards the Ram Janmabhoomi movement while Murli Manohar Joshi called it a "historic decision" that ratifies the deeds of the saffron party's agenda. The case relates to the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, by kar sevaks. The Supreme Court had fixed 30th September to pass the judgment in the disputed case. 

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