The verdict on the Babri Masjid demolition case will be delivered by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Lucknow today. This verdict is being delivered 28 years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid by Kar Sevaks.
Before the verdict, in this case, was delivered, the Supreme Court in November, ordered the construction of the Ram temple on the site of the Babri Masjid, and the foundation stone for the temple was laid in a huge ceremony in August, with the participation of Modi and other major RSS-BJP leaders.
S.K Yadav, the judge who has been handling this case at the Special Court since 2015 was to retire last year, but was given an extension by the Supreme Court to hear this case.
Two main FIRs were filed in the aftermath of the Babri masjid demolition in 1992, the first one against lakhs of unknown karsevaks who had been part of the demolition. The second FIR was filed against 8 RSS-BJP leaders who had been seen to instigate violence through speeches which led to the demolition. They were LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Ashok Singhal, Vinay Katiyar, Giriraj Kishore, Vishnu Hari Dalmia, Uma Bharati, and Sadhvi Ritambhara. The verdict today is expected to declare whether they had conspired to pull down the temple and instigated the crowd.
Meanwhile, the Lucknow police have been put on high alert and told to counter any type of gathering or “law and order situation”. Three-layer security has been deployed in and around the court including civil police, anti-terror squad, and bomb disposal squad. Over 1000 police personnel have been deployed. The court in which the verdict is being given is also placed on high security and blocked off from the public. Is the verdict going to be such that the UP government expects protests?
There are 32 accused in the verdict being delivered today. 26 of them are present in court, but LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharati, and Kalyan Singh have excused themselves on grounds of health and old age. If convicted the accused can get between 3 to 5 years of imprisonment.