LUCKNOW, India — An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted all 32 individuals accused of crimes in a 1992 assault and demolition of a 16th-century mosque that ignited Hindu-Muslim violence leaving some 2,000 people dead.
Four senior leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, were one of the defendants in a trial that languished in India’s slow legal system for nearly 28 decades.
The four BJP leaders were accused of making inflammatory speeches which incited thousands of the followers that had camped out from the town of Ayodhya before the assault on the mosque.
The Supreme Court also ruled that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was prohibited and ordered that the individual trial at the mosque demolition case be performed expeditiously.
Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav dominated there wasn’t any criminal conspiracy to assault the mosque from hard-line Hindu activists without any conclusive evidence to prove, said lawyer Rishab Tripathi, who represented among the defendants.
“The episode wasn’t pre-planned,” Yadav said in his judgment Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. “The leaders present that there tried to control and pacify the mob.”
A number of the acquitted and their fans shouted”Jai Shree Ram,” hailing the god Ram, at the courtroom. They afterward distributed sweets beyond the courtroom to observe the choice.
I.B. Singh, a lawyer who represented Joshi, said researchers could not prove the validity of video and audio evidence filed in the case, and the judge held that the case lacked valid proof that the accused were part of any conspiracy.
Joshi, who had been a minister at a former BJP administration, said”the fact has triumphed.”
Advani said in a statement that the ruling”vindicated the BJP’s belief and devotion supporting the Ram temple movement”
Another acquitted suspect, Jai Bhagwan Goyal, stated: “We’d done nothing wrong. All of India is joyful. Lord Ram’s temple is arriving in Ayodhya city”
The Muslim community will probably challenge the acquittals in an appeals court. “That is a wrong judgment since it’s against proof and contrary to legislation,” explained Jaffaryab Jilani, representing the All India Muslim Law Board.
The verdict also was harshly criticized by Maulana Khalid Rashid, chairman of the Islamic Center of India, who said Muslims have consistently admired court decisions, but that was an insult to the city.
“After the Supreme Court reported that the demolition of the mosque was a criminal action, the way can a lower court set free the accused?” He explained.
Rashid stated Muslim organizations must evaluate whether it’s wise to challenge the conclusion. “Can Muslims get justice ” He explained.
Muslim-majority Pakistan strongly condemned the court ruling and stated the defendants who had”boasted of this criminal action openly couldn’t have already been set free.”
Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a declaration that Hindu nationalists’ hatred of minorities, especially Muslims, suggests that India is quickly becoming a Hindu country where minorities are second-class taxpayers.
Others contained another former government ministry, Uma Bharti, in addition to Kalyan Singh, who had been the best elected BJP pioneer of Uttar Pradesh state once the mosque was demolished.
In its ruling last November, the Supreme Court ordered the whole contested region of 2.77 acres (1.1 hectares) to be allocated to Hindus to the building of a temple, whereas 5 acres (two hectares) at the other place could be allocated to the building of a mosque.