Babri Masjid demolition: Next hearing on Jan 4

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Rae Bareli, Dec 22 (UNI) The Special CBI court hearing the Babri Masjid demolition case today adjourned the hearing till January 4.

The defence cross-questioned R K Sawmy, a retired deputy commandant and a witness in the case, after he recorded his testimony.

The advocates questioned him that whether he spotted senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani and other accused, while Babri Masjid was being razed.

The witness refused to have seen them on the spot.

He, however, accepted that ''I only heard a stentorian announcement on a loudspeaker, which was requesting people to hear the instructions of Mr Advani, sadhvi Ritambhara and others.'' For the first time in the last 15 years on December 5, testimony was recorded in the Special CBI court hearing the Babri Masjid demolition case.

In the Special CBI Court, Hanuman Prasad, who lodged an FIR in the case, had recorded his statement before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Banshraj.

Earlier, the policemen's testimony could not be recorded on November 13 as the CJM was on leave.

Incidentally, the special Rae Bareli court had on September 19, 2003, cleared former deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani of charges in the case and had summoned BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Vinay Katiyar and Uma Bharti and VHP leaders Ashok Singhal, Acharya Giriraj Kishore, Sadhvi Ritambhara and Vishnu Hari Dalmiya to frame charges against them. The seven had then challenged the court's order by filing five separate revision petitions against it.

The seven accused had allegedly expressed happiness and distributed sweets after the domes of the disputed structure got demolished.


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