Babri Masjid demolition judgment shocks India!
LK Advani says he stands vindicated, others condemn it as ‘travesty of justice’
Just hours after a special CBI court acquitted all accused in the criminal conspiracy case surrounding the demolition of the Babri Masjid, freshly acquitted BJP leader LK Advani welcomed the verdict. In an interview to NDTV he said, “Today’s judgment is significant. I welcomed the verdict saying ‘Jai Shri Ram’ when I got the news.”
Advani also released a statement saying, “The judgment vindicates my personal and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s belief and commitment towards the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement.” The statement goes on to speak about the previous verdict in the Ayodhya civil suit and Advani says, “Along with millions of my countrymen, I now look forward to the completion of the beautiful Shri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.” He ends the statement with ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
A copy of the statement may be viewed here:
Among political parties, the Congress issued a statement saying, “The decision of the Special Court to acquit all the accused in the Babri Masjid Demolition Case runs counter to Supreme Court Judgment as also the Constitutional spirit.” The entire statement may be read here:
The CPI (M) released a statement saying, “The verdict of the Special CBI Court at Lucknow acquitting all 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case amounts to a travesty of justice. It took 28 long years for this verdict but not justice to be delivered. All the top leaders of the BJP-VHP-RSS who were present at the scene guiding the criminal act have been found to be innocent of the charge of conspiracy to demolish the mosque.”
It added, “The Supreme Court in its Ayodhya judgment on November 8, last year had called the demolition an egregious violation of the law. Now, the Lucknow court has found the main perpetrators of this crime not guilty.” The CPI (M) also said, “This verdict will blemish the image of India as a secular-democratic country governed by the Constitution. The CBI must immediately appeal against this judgment.”
Meanwhile, civil society and human rights activists were shocked at the acquittal of all the accused.
Jignesh Mevani tweeted, “Like Kapil Mishra is in reality a great messenger of peace, Babri demolition and Rath Yatra was in reality just a fake news. All media stories before 2014 was fake news, only post-BJP media is truth.”
Human rights defender Teesta Setalvad also took to Twitter to urge citizens to take a closer look at the ramifications of the judgment:
Giving the case a Jessica Lal like spin, journalist Sagarika Ghose tweeted, “Nobody demolished the Babri Masjid.”
Courtesy : Sabrang