The Supreme Court on August 19 has extended the deadline till September 30 for the CBI Special Court for pronouncement of its judgment in Babri Masjid case.
The order was passed by the Bench comprising of Justices Rohinton F. Nariman, Navin Sinha, and Indira Banerjee.
The criminal case against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh was directed to be concluded by August 31 as per the order passed by the Supreme Court in May this year.
In the letter dated May 6, Judge Yadav had informed the Supreme Court that the trial was at the evidence stage and the same was yet to be concluded. The Supreme Court had then taken this fact on record and in view of the prevalent circumstances at the time, extended the timeframe for completion of trial till August 31.
But, now it has been extended by a month, giving the Special CBI Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav time till September 30 to conclude the trial as well as the pronouncement of judgment.
The Court said: “Having read the report of Mr. Surendra Kumar Yadav, learned Special Judge, and considering that the proceedings are at the fag end, we grant one month’s time, i.e., till 30th September, 2020, to complete the proceedings including delivery of judgment.“
The Supreme Court in July 2019 had set a time limit i.e. nine months, within which the trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case was to be completed.
Read the Order here;
-India Legal Bureau