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LUCKNOW || Curtains came down on the long-drawn Babri mosque demotion case of 1992, on Wednesday as the special CBI court in Lucknow pronounced all the 32 accused, including former deputy prime minister Lal Krishna Advani and former union ministers Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati, were not guilty.
The court also acquitted them of all charges levelled against them. On December 6, 1992, a frenzied mob of Kar Sevak's had brought down the 16th century mosque considered to be erected on the place where Lord Ram was born.
The judge said that the Babri mosque demolition was not planned. The verdict in the 28-year-old case involving the demolition of Babri Masjid, which stood at the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya, was announced by a special court in Lucknow.
Advani (92), Murli Manohar Joshi (86), Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh - both in hospitals after being infected by teh Coronavirus, were not present in court but joined via video link.
Advani had on July 24, recorded his statement before the special CBI court through video conference where he was asked 100 questions by the special judge. Former union HRD minister and veteran BJP leader Joshi had also recorded his statement, wherein he, like Advani had trashed all charges on himself.