On 6 December 1992, 32 people were accused of demolishing the Babri Masjid. All 32 accused were cleared off today after UP court ruled that the demolition was not planned and did not involve any “anti-social” elements.
In the landmark verdict BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti were all acquitted of conspiracy charges.
A trending hashtag on Twitter has been “No one demolished Babri” reminiscent of “No one killed Jessica” a Hindi film about the high-profile murder case of model Jessica Lal in 1999 where a court had earlier acquitted her murderer.
Many politicians including actors were seen tweeting regarding the verdict. Ahmed Patel, Congress leader called the verdict as shocking.
“A complete travesty of Justice. All charged with criminal conspiracy to demolish Babri Masjid acquitted. It self imploded? The Constitution Bench headed by then CJI had said that demolition was an “egregious” violation of law. Now this verdict! Shame,” Mr Yechury, Left Leader tweeted.
Actor Swara Bhasker tweeted in Hindi saying, “The Babri Masjid fell on its own.”
Jignesh Mevani, MLA of Gujarat shared pictures of Babri masjid during the demolition and the picture taken last year. He tweeted, “1992 and 2019… And in 2020: today, actually no one demolished #BabriMasjid. Like Kapil Mishra is in reality a great messenger of peace, Babri demolition and Rath Yatra was in reality just a fake news. All media stories before 2014 was fake news, only post-BJP media is truth (sic).”
Richa Chaddha, the actor tweeted that there is a court which is above this place which has a light and not darkness.
Over the last 28 years, the case has seen many turns. Two cases were filed in 1992, which eventually grew to 49. The second case, FIR no 198, had named Mr Advani, Mr Joshi and Uma Bharti for promoting religious enmity and provoking rioting. Later, the Supreme Court asked that criminal conspiracy charges be restored against them.
The SC called this demolition as unlawful.
“Anti-social elements brought down the structure. The accused leaders tried to stop these people,” said the special judge, whose term had been extended for this verdict.
The video and audio evidence provided by the CBI failed to establish any conspiracy charges, said the judge.