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Babri Masjid land dispute case: Supreme Court asks special judge to deliver verdict within nine months

The Supreme Court on Friday said the verdict on 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case should be delivered with 9 months. BJP veterans such as LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti are accused in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The bench also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pass appropriate orders within four weeks to extend the tenure of the special judge, who is set to retire on September 30.

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New Delhi Published on: July 19, 2019 13:09 IST
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Babri Masjid demolition case: SC asks special judge to deliver verdict within nine months

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the special judge conducting the trial in the politically sensitive 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, to deliver the verdict within nine months from today. The Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid land dispute case involves BJP veterans such as LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti

A bench of Justices RF Nariman and Surya Kant said the recording of evidence in the case should be completed within six months.

The bench also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pass appropriate orders within four weeks to extend the tenure of the special judge, who is set to retire on September 30.

The top court said the extension of tenure of the special judge will only be for the purpose of concluding the trial and delivering the verdict in the case.

During the extended tenure, he will remain under the administrative control of the Allahabad High Court, it said.

The special judge had on Monday moved the apex court seeking six more months to conclude the matter.

Besides Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti, the accused against whom conspiracy charge was invoked in the case on April 19, 2017, by the Supreme Court include former BJP MP Vinay Katiar and Sadhvi Ritambara.

Three other high-profile accused Giriraj Kishore, and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal and Vishnu Hari Dalmia died during trial and the proceedings against them have been abated.

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