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

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New Delhi, Sep 10 : The Supreme Court on Monday sought a report from a sessions judge S K Yadav in a Lucknow court on how he plans to complete trial in Babri Masjid demolition case involving BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti by April 2019.The court asked for the report in a sealed cover.

Supreme Court also issued  notice to UP Govt on Yadav’s plea seeking to lift the stay on his promotion.
A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Indu Malhotra sought the Uttar Pradesh government’s response on a plea of trial court judge S K Yadav, whose promotion was stayed by the Allahabad High Court on the ground that the apex court had directed him to complete the trial.

On April 19, 2017, the apex court had said BJP stalwarts Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti would be prosecuted for serious offence of criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case and ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years, ie April 19, 2019.

The apex court dubbed the demolition of the medieval era monument a “crime” which shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution”.

“There shall be no de novo (fresh) trial. There shall be no transfer of the Judge conducting the trial until the entire trial concludes. The case shall not be adjourned on any ground except when the sessions court finds it impossible to carry on the trial for that particular date,” the apex court had said.

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