Muslim Personal Law Board To Challenge CBI Court's Babri Demolition Verdict In HCBabri Masjid demolition

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said that it will appeal against the special CBI court verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case in the high court.

AIMPLB Secretary Zafaryab Jilani said that the judgment pronounced on Wednesday (30 September) by the special CBI court in the case was wrong.

"We will appeal against the judgment in the High Court," said the lawyer, who was also part of the Babri Masjid Action Committee.

The special CBI court in Lucknow, hearing the matter, acquitted all 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case saying it was not pre-planned but spontaneous.

Among the accused were 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.

However, all the accused, in the 28-year-long case, walk free.

Special CBI judge S K Yadav, who retires after the judgement, observed that no conclusive evidence was found against any of the accused. The verdict.

The judge noted that the investigating agency CBI had failed to substantiate the charges levelled against the accused.

Prominent Sunni cleric and All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali said everyone knows how the "Babri masjid was demolished in full public view" and the "law of the land was shredded to pieces".

"The Muslims, in this country, have always respected court decisions. In the final judgment of the Babri masjid case, the court had clearly said that the Muslims had been wrongly deprived of a mosque that had been constructed well over 450 years ago. Then the Supreme Court also said that it was an unlawful destruction. However, if there was a criminal conspiracy, it had to be decided by the court. Now, Muslim organisations will sit together and decide whether today's judgment has to be appealed against or not," he said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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