The Supreme Court has finally set a timeframe of nine months today for the special judge to give his verdict in Babri Masjid Demolition case against MM Joshi, LK Advani and other senior BJP leaders.
The Supreme Court today asked the special judge to deliver his verdict in the politically sensitive 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case within nine months from today.
The case involves BJP veterans such as L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti. On Monday, the special judge holding the trial in the much-lingered case requested the Supreme Court to grant him 6 months to deliver the verdict.
This case involves very high profile names like MM Joshi, LK Advani and other senior BJP leaders. While giving the plea the special judge added that he is due to retire on September 30.
The whole matter came up for hearing in the Supreme Court, and it was heard by a bench headed by Justice Surya Kant and RF Nariman.
A bench directed the special court to record the evidence in the case within six months. The bench also asked the UP government to pass appropriate order within the time frame of four weeks. This was done to extend the tenure of a special judge who is to retire on September 30.
The Supreme Court said that the special judge’s tenure is only being extended for concluding the trial and delivering a verdict in this case.
In its ruling, the court also directed that there will not be any adjournments under the normal circumstances and no transfer will be done for the judges who’re hearing this case.
During this extended tenure that has been granted by Supreme Court to the special judge, he’ll remain under the control of Allahabad High Court.
Earlier on April 19, 2017, the Supreme Court had clearly directed day-to-day trial and had said the entire case should be concluded within the time frame of two years. The court also restored charges against Joshi and Advani and other Hindutva leaders who had been acquitted in this case.
The other accused Giriraj Kishore, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Ashok Singhal and Vishnu Hari Dalmia died during trial and the proceedings against them have been subsided.