Babri Masjid demolition case: Supreme Court seeks report from trial judge of Lucknow court

The Supreme Court on September 10, 2018 sought a report from a sessions judge in a Lucknow court on how he intends to complete the trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case within the April 2019 deadline. The court asked for the report from the judge in a sealed cover.

A Bench of Justices R.F. Nariman and Indu Malhotra also sought the Uttar Pradesh government’s response on a plea of trial court judge SK Yadav, whose promotion was stayed by the Allahabad High Court on the ground that he has been mandated by the Supreme Court to complete the trial.

Key Highlights:-

1. The Supreme Court on April 19, 2017 restored criminal conspiracy trial against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, M M Joshi, Uma Bharti and other senior BJP leaders in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.
2. A bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman ordered that separate trial courts at Rae Bareli and Lucknow should be clubbed and trials should be conducted in the capital of Uttar Pradesh only and should be completed in two years by April 19, 2019.
3. It ruled that there will be no fresh trial because of framing of conspiracy charges against senior BJP leaders.
4. However, Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh, who enjoys Constitutional immunity, can be tried only after he ceases to hold the office.

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