Lal Krishna Advani , who spearheaded the Ayodhya movement, on Wednesday (30 September) hailed the acquittal of 32 accused, including him, by a special CBI court in 6 December, 1992 Babri mosque demolition case.
Advani, who appeared in the court through video conferencing, welcomed the court order and said, “The judgment vindicates my personal and BJP’s belief and commitment towards the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.”
“I am grateful to my party workers, leaders, saints, and all those through selfless involvement and sacrifices gave me strength and support during the Ayodhya movement,” Advani said in a statement.
He also thanked the party leaders, seers and his legal team for the joint efforts, which led to the foundation laying ceremony in Ayodhya for the temple. He said he looks forward to the construction of a grand and beautiful Ram Temple.
Earlier today, all the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case were acquitted by the special CBI court with the judge S K Yadav ruling that the demolition was not pre-planned.
Those acquitted in the case that lasted 28 years include former deputy prime minister L K Advani, former union ministers M.M. Joshi, Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh and Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, former BJP MP Vinay Katiyar, among others.
There were 49 accused in the case apart from lakhs of 'kar sevaks' named in two separate FIRs lodged at the Ram Janmabhoomi (RJB) police station on the day of the demolition. Seventeen named accused, including Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) veteran Ashok Singhal, Mahant Avaidyanath, Giriraj Kishore and Vijayaraje Scindia passed away during the course of the trial, leaving 32 accused in the case.
The court while delivering the judgement also said that no conclusive proof was found against the accused and as per reports observed that "a local intelligence report had cautioned in advance that unexpected sequence of events can take place on 6 December but it was left unattended".
As soon as the court announced the acquittal of the accused, jubilation broke out outside the court. In Ayodhya and Lucknow, supporters of the leaders celebrated the verdict.
(With inputs from IANS)
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