The judgment in the 28-year-old case involving the demolition of the Babri Masjid — an event that changed the country’s political landscape and social fabric — will be delivered on September 30. Special CBI judge SK Yadav, who will deliver the verdict, has asked all the accused — including BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and senior leader Uma Bharti — to be present in court.
The three, key leaders of the party at the time, are accused of conspiracy that led to the demolition of the 15th Century mosque in December 1992. The kar sevaks who pulled it down believed that it stood on the site of an ancient temple marking the birth place of the Lord Ram.
Mr Advani, 92, had recorded his statement in the mosque demolition case before the special CBI court through video conference on July 24. Mr Joshi, 86, recorded his statement a day before Mr Advani. Both have denied all charges against them.
In July, Uma Bharti told NDTV “it does not matter” to her what the judgement in the case will be. “If I am sent to the gallows, I will be blessed. The place where I was born will be happy,” she had told NDTV.