New Delhi: Supreme Court will hear the Babri Masjid demolition case on Friday. A bench headed by Justice RF Nariman will hear the case. 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.
SK Yadav is scheduled to retire on September 30. Apex court had sought a response from the Uttar Pradesh government on how the term of the special judge could be extended till a verdict in the case is given. It may be mentioned that on April 19, 2017, the apex court had held that senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti would be prosecuted on serious charges of criminal conspiracy in the 1992 politically sensitive Babri Masjid demolition case and will be heard every day. The process will be completed within two years by April 19, 2019.
The Supreme Court had ordered the two cases to be subjudice in the Rae Bareli and Lucknow courts and the trial in Lucknow itself. The criminal conspiracy charges against 13 accused, including Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti, were dropped in the case, but the CBI had challenged the order to remove the conspiracy charges against 21 accused, including BJP leaders.