Update: The Babri mosque demolition was not planned, Judge SK Yadav, said while announcing the verdict at the Special CBI court in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. All 32 accused including BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, have been acquitted.
The court observed: Babri mosque demolition was not pre-planned.
Not enough evidence against the accused.
Can't probe authenticity of audio, video provided by CBI.
Those who climbed on the dome are anti-social elements.
The audio of the speech is not clear.
The accused tried to stop the anti-social elements from climbing the dome.
The case relates to the razing of the disputed structure in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. The 32 accused persons include former deputy prime minister Advani, former Union minister Joshi and Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, during whose tenure the structure was pulled down, besides Vinay Katiyar and Sadhvi Rithambara. Champat Rai, the general secretary of the trust in charge of constructing the temple, is also among the accused. The CBI, which went into the case, produced 351 witnesses and 600 documents as evidence before the court.
Charges were framed against 48 people, but 16 had died during the course of the trial. Over two dozen of 32 accused were present. Advani (92), Joshi (86), Bharti (61), Singh (88), Nritya Gopal Das and Satish Pradhan were not present in court.