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Babri Masjid demolition verdict updates:It is counter to SC ruling, constitutional spirit, says Cong

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New Delhi, Sep 30: A special CBI court has acquitted all the accused in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case. The court observed that there was no evidence against the accused persons.

The court also said that there was no evidence to say that the demolition was a pre-planned one.

Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, Satish Pradhan and Mahant Nritya Gopal Das joined proceedings through video conferencing. In August, the Supreme Court extended by a month the deadline for completion of trial in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case involving 32 accused, including BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti, and said that judgement should be delivered by September 30.

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5:28 PM, 30 Sep
The Congress on Wednesday said a special CBI court's decision to acquit all the accused in the Babri Masjid case runs counter to constitutional spirit and the 2019 Supreme Court judgement that described the demolition of the structure as an "egregious violation of the rule of law".
5:17 PM, 30 Sep
The NCP on Wednesday said it was not surprised over the special court's verdict acquitting all accused in the Babri masjid demolition case. The CBI court in Lucknow has acquitted all the 32 accused, including BJP veterans L K Advani and MM Joshi, for want of conclusive proof against them. "The court has given verdict in the case today. It was expected, and hence, we are not surprised," Maharashtra minister and NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik said in a video message.
5:14 PM, 30 Sep
DMK president M K Stalin on Wednesday alleged the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has failed to act fairly in the Babri mosque demolition case and that it has become a "caged parrot" of the BJP-led Centre. Despite the Supreme Court's judgment that "the entire structure of the mosque was brought down in a calculated act of destroying a place of public worship," the CBI failed to prove the conspiracy in the case and it was a blow to the rule of law, he said.
5:08 PM, 30 Sep
Security has been stepped up in Mumbai in the wake of court verdict in the Babri masjid demolition case with police personnel deployed at sensitive locations in the metropolis, an official said on Wednesday. Police are taking adequate measures to maintain law and order in the financial capital and avoid any untoward incident, he said.
4:45 PM, 30 Sep
Senior lawyer and member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Zafaryab Jilani on Wednesday said the verdict of a special court acquitting all the 32 accused in the Babri mosque demolition case would be challenged in the high court. There were hundreds of statements by the witnesses and in criminal cases these are very important, Jilani said, adding that among those who gave their statements were IPS officers and journalists who had said that the accused persons were sitting on the dias and inflammatory speeches were being given.
4:43 PM, 30 Sep
The acquittal of senior BJP leaders and Hindutva activists in the Babri mosque demolition case on Wednesday has come as a big boost to the saffron party, whose leaders have always insisted that the razing of the disputed structure in Ayodhya was a spontaneous act and not part of any conspiracy.
4:31 PM, 30 Sep
I will say only one thing 'Jai Jai Shri Ram, Sab ko sanmatti de bhagwan (May Lord, bestow wisdom on all): Murli Manohar Joshi
4:20 PM, 30 Sep
Owaisi on Wednesday he called the special court's verdict "obnoxious" and said the central agency should appeal against it. Speaking to reporters, Owaisi in his reaction to the judgement said, "This judgement satisfies the collective consciousness of hindutva and its followers and ideology."
4:05 PM, 30 Sep
Refusing to comment on their acquittal, Mahali said, "I don't have anything to say on the verdict. Everybody knows how the Babri mosque was sacrificed on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya and how all rules were flouted."
3:55 PM, 30 Sep
All-India Muslim Personal Law Board senior member Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali on Wednesday said organisations representing the community will together decide whether they need to challenge or not the CBI court verdict in the Babri mosque demolition case.
3:42 PM, 30 Sep
Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said every Indian who has innate faith in the Constitution and in the spirit of communal amity and brotherhood expects and urges the central and state governments to file an appeal against the decision of the special court.
3:33 PM, 30 Sep
"Truth can be troubled but it cannot be defeated. Today, truth has won again. I hail the Indian judicial system," Chouhan tweeted in Hindi.
3:24 PM, 30 Sep
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday welcomed the court verdict in the Babri mosque demolition case, terming it as the victory of truth. Satyamev Jayate, the chief minister said while welcoming the decision of the special court, a statement issued by his advisor Mritunjay Kumar said.
3:17 PM, 30 Sep
It is only after detailed examination of all these aspects, facts and evidence that the SC held the demolition of Masjid to be an egregious violation of the rule of law: Congress
2:47 PM, 30 Sep
Speaking about the special CBI court's verdict to acquit all accused in the Babri case, Raut told reporters "the case in the special court lost its relevance after the supreme court's verdict on Ram temple and bhoomi pujan of the temple conducted by prime minister (in August)," Raut told reporters.
2:23 PM, 30 Sep
Verdict saying demolition wasn't a conspiracy and a result of circumstances, was the expected judgment: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena
2:16 PM, 30 Sep
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday welcomed the acquittal of all 32 accused in the Babri mosque demolition case and said that the court verdict proved the maxim 'Satyamev Jayate' or truth prevails.
2:08 PM, 30 Sep
Along with millions of my countrymen, I now look forward to the completion of beautiful Shri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya: LK Advani
2:05 PM, 30 Sep
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who was an accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, has welcomed a CBI special court's verdict acquitting all the 32 accused in the case.
1:51 PM, 30 Sep
Those responsible for this conspiracy should apologise to the nation: UP CMO
1:32 PM, 30 Sep
I wholeheartedly welcome the judgement by the Special Court in Babri Masjid demolition case. The judgement vindicates my personal and BJP's belief and commitment toward the Ram Janmabhoomi movement:LK Advani after being acquitted by Special CBI court
1:14 PM, 30 Sep
Welcoming the Babri verdict, Defence Minister Rajanth Singh tweeted, "It has been proven that justice triumphed however late it may be."
1:09 PM, 30 Sep
Everyone present in the court was relaxed, as all were expecting this outcome. The prosecution didn't have evidence. This is a welcome judgement: Brij Bhushan Singh, BJP MP from Kaiserganj, UP
12:59 PM, 30 Sep
All the 32 accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, including BJP veterans L K Advani and MM Joshi, were on Wednesday acquitted by a special CBI court here. The court said there was no conclusive proof against the accused.
12:46 PM, 30 Sep
Nearly thirty years after the Babri Masjid was razed by a mob in Uttar Pradesh, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Wednesday acquitted all 32 accused citing lack of evidence.
12:39 PM, 30 Sep
Court found that video was fabricated. Investigative team did not produce negatives of picture: Advocate K K Misra
12:29 PM, 30 Sep
Special judge while reading out the operative portion of the judgment said that there is no evidence to show that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was pre-planned.
12:27 PM, 30 Sep
The special CBI court has acquitted all accused in the Babri demolition case.
12:26 PM, 30 Sep
All accused acquitted.
12:25 PM, 30 Sep
The court has observed that the evidences against the accused are not strong enough. The Babri demolition was not pre-planned the court says while ruling out conspiracy theories.
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