NEW DELHI: The verdict on criminal case against demolition of Babri Masjid will be pronounced on 30 September at CBI Special Court in Lucknow. Justice Surendrakumar Yadav will deliver the verdict and all persons arraigned in the case have to make their appearances in-person on the eventful day.
Former Deputy Finance Minister LK Advani, former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati are among a total of 32 persons arraigned in the case. The Supreme Court earlier ruled for the trial proceedings to be completed well in time so as to make it possible to spell verdict latest by 30 September.
Back in the December of 1992, a gang of Hindu communal elements pulled down Babri Masjid - a 16th century mosque that stood in Ayodhya - amid a political rally in the region. The demolition was carried out with Advani and Joshi present at the scene, both of who are a accused of pre-meditation and conspiracy in the case. Ayodhya witnessed several bloody riots prior to the mosque destruction and in its aftermath.