Babri: CBI questioned over HC order
The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for delay in challenging the order given by the Allahabad High Court that upheld the dropping of conspiracy charges against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) patriarch LK Advani and others in connection to the the Babri Masjid demolition case.
The government also demanded an explanation from the Centre over the delay in filing an appeal against Advani and others in connection to the matter.
The apex court said a senior law officer of the central government should file an affidavit within two weeks.
In May 2010, the Allahabad High Court had upheld a special court's decision to drop charges against Advani and 19 others.
In 1992, on Dec 6, the Babri Mosque structure at Ayondha was demolished by the Hindu Kar Sevaks (volunteers) who said a Ram Temple was there before the mosque was built over it, triggering nationwide riots.
A subsequent land title case was lodged in the Allahabad High Court, the verdict of which was pronounced on 30 Sept 2010.
In the landmark hearing, the three judges of The Allahabad High Court ruled that the 2.77 acres (1.12 ha) of Ayodhya land be divided into 3 parts, with 1/3 going to the Ram Lalla or Infant Lord Rama represented by the Hindu Maha Sabha for the construction of the Ram temple, 1/3 going to the Islamic Sunni Waqf Board and the remaining 1/3 going to a Hindu religious denomination Nirmohi Akhara.
While the three-judge bench was not unanimous that the disputed structure was constructed after demolition of a temple, it did agree that a temple or a temple structure predated the mosque at the same site.
The excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India were heavily used as evidence by the court that the predating structure was a massive Hindu religious building.
(Posted on 02-04-2013)