CBI judge who acquitted all in Babri Demolition case appointed Lokayukta of UP

The verdict acquitted all 32 accused in the case including high-profile politicians such as BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati, Kalyan Singh among others.


Yogi Adityanath led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of Uttar Pradesh appointed Surendra Kumar Yadav, a retired CBI judge as UP-Lokayat. Yadav took oath on April 12, 2021 as a Up-Lokayukta. As a CBI judge he delivered the Babri demolition verdict. As A presiding judge of the Special CBI Court, Lucknow. His term was specifically extended by the Supreme Court to complete the trial in the Babri demolition case. 

In the verdict delivered on September 30 last year, he acquitted all 32 accused in the case including high profile politicians such as BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati, Kalyan Singh etc. The verdict had observed that all the accused were trying to pacify the mobs that demolished Babri Masjid. 

Also read: Babri Masjid Case: Special CBI court did not follow Supreme Court Orders

December 6, 1992 is considered to be a blot on the secular democracy ideal that India had been projecting itself to be. On this day mobs consisting of Hindu extremists and people who were instigated by the L K Advani’s infamous Rath Yatra and Uma Bharati and others’ hate speeches demolished a mosque in Ayodhya. The land where the mosque stood for centuries was a disputed land between the Hindu and Muslim communities in the region. This dispute was politicised and blown out of proportions by the BJP, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and other Hindu extremists groups. What followed was a communal unrest across the country. 

 Surendra Kumar Yadav gave a clean chit to the BJP leaders who were seen openly delivering hate speeches, the Supreme Court of India in its judgement on November 9, 2019, handed over the land to the Hindus. Ranjan Gogoi the Chief Justice of India who headed the five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court which delivered the verdict was appointed to be a MP in Rajya Sabha by the BJP government.

Also read: All 32 Accused Acquitted in Babri Masjid Demolition Case

Live Law noted, As the UP-Lokayukta, Surendra Kumar Yadav can investigate any action which is taken by or with the general or specific approval of any public servant not being a Minister or Secretary after receiving a complaint. 



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