New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Friday extended the nine months deadline given to the special CBI court in Lucknow to complete the trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others till August 31, 2020. The apex court also directed the CBI court to deliver verdict in the matter by this time.

The top court also extended the tenure of Allahabad trial court judge SK Yadav till August 31 & directed him to deliver the judgement by the time. In August last year, the Supreme Court had directed the trail court to finish the trial and deliver judgement within nine months, that is, by April-end.

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SC’s nod to extension came after the trial court judge SK Yadav sought more time from the Supreme Court citing the nation-wide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The top court also asked the CBI court to complete the trials using video conferencing and also said that the August 31 deadline should not breached.

Besides Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti, the accused against whom conspiracy charge was invoked in the case on April 19, 2017, by the Supreme Court include former BJP MP Vinay Katiar and Sadhvi Ritambara.

Three other high-profile accused Giriraj Kishore, and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal and Vishnu Hari Dalmia died during trial and the proceedings against them have been abated.

In 2017, the SC had given a two year deadline to the special CBI court to complete the trial, however, in 2019, the deadline was extended by nine more months. The SC also had extended judge SK Yadav’s tenure till the trial gets over.

The Supreme Court had clubbed two criminal cases pending for years in the Rae Bareli and Lucknow courts and transferred it to the special CBI court in Lucknow in 2017, directing the judge to conduct a day-to-day trial. 

In a landmark decision on November 9, 2019, the Supreme Court paved way for the construction of a Ram Temple by a Trust at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a "prominent" place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.

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In a bid to put an end to the more than a century old dispute that has torn the social fabric of the nation, the court in a unanimous 5-0 verdict ruled that the 2.77 acres of disputed land where the demolished Babri Masjid once stood will remain with a Central government receiver and be handed over to a Trust within three months for the construction of the temple. 


(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan