SC asks the special judge to deliver its judgment in Babri Masjid demolition within 9 months

On Friday the Supreme Court asked the special judge conducting the trial in the politically sensitive 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, involving BJP veterans such as L K Advani, M M Joshi, and Uma Bharti, to deliver the verdict within nine months from today.

A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant said the record of evidence in the case should be performed within six months.

The bench also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pass relevant orders within four weeks to elongate the tenure of the special judge, who is set to retire on September 30.

The top court stated the expansion of the tenure of the special judge will only be for the goal of achieving the trial and presenting the decision in the case. While on the expansive tenure, he will remain under the administrative control of the Allahabad High Court, it said.

The special judge on Monday had moved the apex court asking six more months to resolve the matter.

Apart from Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti, the accused upon whom conspiracy charge was invoked in the case on April 19, 2017, by the Supreme Court involved former BJP MP Vinay Katiar and SadhviRitambara.

Three other high-profile involved Giriraj Kishore, and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal and Vishnu Hari Dalmia expired during the trial and the measures upon them have been abated.

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