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Posted at: Jul 20, 2019, 6:57 AM; last updated: Jul 20, 2019, 9:43 AM (IST)

Apex court wants ruling in Babri demolition case delivered in 9 months

Apex court wants ruling in Babri demolition case delivered in 9 months
A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman observed that the trial court judge had made substantial progress in the trial so far. Therefore, extension for delivering the judgment had merit. File photo

New Delhi, July 19

The Supreme Court on Friday directed that a judgment in the Babri Masjid demolition case against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi and others be delivered in nine months from Friday.

A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman observed that the trial court judge had made substantial progress in the trial so far. Therefore, extension for delivering the judgment had merit.

The Uttar Pradesh government told the Supreme Court that the tenure of the trial court judge would be extended in view of his retirement scheduled for September 30.

Therefore, the trial will take at least six months more from the date of retirement.

The Supreme Court observed that it wanted the Special Judge to continue and deliver the judgment even if the trial took two more years.

The top court also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to hold consultation with the Allahabad High Court and pass necessary direction for extending the tenure of the Special Judge.

The court has asked the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary to file an affidavit in relation to compliance of its order within four weeks.

It has emphasised that the trial should be completed in six months and, based on it, a judgment be delivered in three further months.

A frenzied mob razed the 16th century Babri mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. When this happened, Advani, Joshi and other BJP leaders were present at the spot. IANS

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