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India Diary: Senior BJP leaders among 32 acquitted in Babri Masjid demolition case

Senior Advocate Mahipal Ahluwali feeds sweets to BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi after a special CBI court in Lucknow acquitted him in Babri Masjid case Source: Biplov Bhuyan/Hindustan Times/Sipa USA

Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are among the 32 accused who have been acquitted in the long-running case of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992. Hear about this, and the continuing protests by farmers' groups in India, especially in Punjab, in our weekly India Diary.

In this week's India Diary, hear about:

  • 28 years after the Babri Masjid was demolished, 32 accused, including BJP stalwarts Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi have been acquitted. Hear the reaction from various people in this report.
  • Farmer groups continue to rally against the passage of three farming bills, with roads and railways jammed by the protesters.
  • Cinemas and multiple will re-open at 50 percent capacity from 15 October

Special CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav has delivered his verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case on Wednesday,  30 September 2020, almost 28 years after the 16th-century structure was razed by a mob in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya town.

The court ruled that the CBI had not been able to produce evidence to back up its charge that there was a conspiracy to demolish Babri Masjid.

The judge acquitted the 32 accused in the case including former deputy prime minister LK Advani, former Union ministers MM Joshi and Uma Bharti and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh.

Hear the full report by clicking on the audio link above. 

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