A CBI court in Lucknow, on Wednesday, acquitted all accused in the Babri demolition case, including former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.

 

Apart from Advani and Joshi, 30 senior BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders such as Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti and Ram Janmabhumi Trust chief Nritya Gopal Das were facing trial in the case. The court said in the 2,000-word verdict that the prosecution could not prove the charges that the demolition was premeditated.

Reacting to the verdict, Advani said: “Jai Shri Ram. I welcome the verdict.”

Welcoming the verdict, Joshi congratulated everyone who brought the facts before the court, which, he said, led to such a verdict. Senior BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj, a key figure during the Ram Janmabhumi agitation, said the verdict is historic.

 

In 2009, the Justice Liberhan Commission had found 68 people, including Advani and Joshi, guilty of demolishing

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