New Delhi:The Supreme Court Friday extended by three months the time for completion of trial in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case involving BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti and said that judgement should be delivered by August 31.The top court asked special judge S K Yadav to control the proceedings in accordance with law so that inordinate delay that is beyond the time-frame is no longer breached.
It indicated to the special judge to avail the facilities of video conferencing to complete recording of evidences and hearing of applications that are filed during the course of trial proceedings.In its order today, the top court asked the trial court to use video conferencing to conduct the proceedings. Earlier in July 2019, the court had directed the trial court to deliver judgment in nine months.
The case involves several top BJP leaders including former deputy PM LK Advani, former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharati and others. All are facing trial on charges of criminal conspiracy behind the demolition of Babri Masjid in December 1992.
The Supreme Court has already delivered a unanimous verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid land dispute on November 9, 2019. The court ruled that the 2.77-acre of disputed land belongs to Ram Lalla and ordered that an alternative piece of land be gven to the Muslim party for constuction of a new mosque.
“We may indicate that video conferencing facilities are available and should be used by Shri Yadav in order to complete all evidence as well as applications that may be filed in that behalf,” the court observed. “It is up to Shri Yadav to control the proceedings in accordance with law so that inordinate delay that is beyond the time frame that we now give, is no longer breached,” it added.