SC seeks report from trial judge in Babri Masjid demolition case
New Delhi: In a major development, the Supreme Court on Monday sought a report from a sessions judge in a Lucknow court on how he intends to complete the trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case involving BJP veterans LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti within the April 2019 deadline.
A Bench of Justices R.F. Nariman and Indu Malhotra also sought the Uttar Pradesh government’s response on a plea of trial court judge S.K. Yadav, whose promotion was stayed by the Allahabad High Court on the ground that the apex court had directed him to complete the trial.
The apex court asked for the report from the judge in a sealed cover.
On April 19, 2017, the top court had said BJP stalwarts LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti would be prosecuted for serious offence of criminal conspiracy in the politically-sensitive 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case and had ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years that is on April 19, 2019.
The top court had dubbed the demolition of the medieval era monument a “crime” that had shaken the “secular fabric of the Constitution” and allowed the CBI’s plea on restoration of criminal conspiracy charge against the VVIP accused.