NEW DELHI: In the Babri Masjid demolition case, the apex court has asked the trial against BJP veterans in the lower court of Lucknow to be completed in nine months. The trial is being conducted on veteran leaders like L.K.Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar. At the same time, the apex court has extended the tenure of Justice S K Yadav, who is hearing the case, for six months.
It may be mentioned that On 30th September, Judge S K Yadav was retiring. Special Judge SK Yadav, who was hearing the case in the lower court in the last hearing, had told the apex court that it would take another six months to settle the case. In fact, SK Yadav is scheduled to retire on September 30. The apex court had sought a response from the UP government on how the term of the special judge could be extended till a verdict in the case is given.
On April 19, 2017, the apex court had held that BJP veterans Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti would be tried on serious charges of criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case and will be heard daily. It will be completed by April 19, 2019 within the year.