Court dismisses appeal against acquittal of Hindutva leaders in Babri Masjid demolition case

Allahabad, Nov 10 (KMS):  The High court in Allahabad, India dismissed a petition against the acquittal of some key Hindutva figures in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The Allahabad High Court dismissed the petition against the acquittal of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi, LK Advani, Kalyan Singh and other prominent Hindutva figures in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The court had had reserved its judgment on 31st October after concluding the arguments in the case filed by two Muslim residents of Ayodhya, Haji Mahboob Ahmad and Syed Akhlaq Ahmad, against the acquittal of saffron politicians by a special CBI court.

Haji Mahboob Ahmad and Syed Akhlaq Ahmad had challenged the 2020 judgment of the special CBI court that held there was nothing on record to establish the existence of a conspiracy to demolish the Babri Masjid.

The appeal claimed that they were victims as well as witnesses who suffered the loss of their historic place of worship, the Babri Masjid.

They also said to HC that they suffered financial loss on account of destruction of their houses due to arson, loot etc.

In 2020, all the 32 people were accused of criminal conspiracy and inciting a mob to tear down the Mughal-era mosque in 1992.

On December 6, 1992, thousands of Hindus gathered for a rally near the mosque site and large number of them climbed the mosque and demolished it with axes and hammers, which sparked anti-Muslim violence that left some 2,000 people dead, majority of them Muslims.

Meanwhile, on 9 November in 2019, Indian Supreme Court awarded the mosque site to Hindus, handing the BJP a victory to drive home its Hindu nationalist agenda. In its ruling the top court ordered the entire disputed area of 2.77 acres to be allocated to Hindus for the construction of the temple. Muslim groups and activists called the verdict as “blatant injustice towards Muslims.”

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