A special court in the Indian city of Lucknow has acquitted all 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
Following the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the CBI had registered a case against the 32 accused on charges of criminal conspiracy, inciting riots, provocation and spreading hatred between different sects.
The CBI produced 351 witnesses and more than 600 pieces of documentary evidence in the case.
However, Special Court Judge Justice Srinivasa Kumar Yadav ruled that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was not planned.
The court said that the CBI could not prove the authenticity of the audio video.
Three thousand people were killed during the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992 and India’s political landscape changed.
The main accused in the case were BJP’s founding member and senior leader LK Advani, former minister Murli Manohar Joshi, former minister Oma Bharti and Kalyan Singh. However, not all the accused appeared in court due to health issues.
It may be recalled that the case for the Babri Masjid land in the Supreme Court was filed in 1961 by the Sunni Waqf Board for ownership of 277 acres of land in Ayodhya on which the Babri Masjid had been built since the 16th century and which was handed over to Hindu extremists on December 6, 1992.
It was demolished in the presence of thousands of people.
After the demolition of the mosque, Hindu-Muslim riots broke out in India, killing about 3,000 people.