The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday, set a new deadline of September 30 for a CBI court to complete its trial and deliver its verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti are among the faces who are charged as accused.
Bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman extended the deadline upon a special request by Ayodhya judge, who had submitted a progress report along with an application to give him some more time to wrap up the trial.
Supreme Court extends deadline for a month, till September 30, for CBI trial court in Lucknow to pronounce its judgement on cases against senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti & other leaders in Babri Masjid demolition case. SC gave the order on Aug 19. pic.twitter.com/KdZgNRWeiP
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The BJP leaders are on trial for the 1992 demolition of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. They have been charged for various offences like promoting hostility between religious groups, Inflammatory speeches etc. They have been booked under section 153A, 153B and 505 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Last month, because of the ongoing pandemic, the special court used video-conferencing to record statements of BJP leaders LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi. Denying all the charges levied by the prosecution against them, veteran leaders said they were being implicated due to political reasons. They have denied any role in the demolition, and said they did not participate in any act that could impact the unity and integrity of the nation.