SC poser to judge on Babri Masjid case trial deadline

‘How will you finish it by April 2019?’
The Supreme Court on Monday asked additional sessions judge S.K. Yadav, who is hearing the Babri Masjid demolition cases against top BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders like L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and “lakhs of unknown kar sevaks”, to explain how he intends to complete the trial by April 2019, the stipulated deadline given by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had on April 19, 2017, revived the criminal conspiracy charge against the top BJP leaders and transferred their case, languishing in the magistrate court at Rae Bareilly, to the additional sessions court (Ayodhya matters) in Lucknow. In the Rae Bareilly case, the BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders are accused of having given speeches to promote enmity and threatening national integration.
Pending for 26 years
The sessions judge in Lucknow is now jointly trying the Rae Bareilly case with that against kar sevaks who destroyed the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992 and unleashed violence. Both cases have been pending for the past 26 years. The Supreme Court had further ordered charges to be framed against former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, who was the Rajasthan Governor at the time in April 2017.
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