A Legal Overview Of The Much-Awaited Babri Judgement
As the controversial Babri Masjid demolition case is under hearing now, the accused can face up to 5 years of jail for criminal conspiracy
The verdict for the much-awaited Babri Masjid demolition case is expected today by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court, where the case is currently being heard. Veteran leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) including Lal Krishna Advani, Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi are amongst the 32 accused for criminal conspiracy that led to the razing of the 16th century mosque 28 years ago.
An undertaking has been signed by Advani, Bharti, MM Joshi and three others, excusing themselves from being physically present in the court and ensuring their cooperation in the case, whatever may be the outcome. 16 accused have passed away during this legal battle that has been going on since 1992.
According to the defence counsel for this case, a maximum of five years of punishment can be given by the court if those named are charged under section 120 A of the Indian Penal Code. For a bail application, the convicted person will then have to approach a higher court. If allegations of provocative or hate speeches are proven in the court, the punishment for the same is a maximum of three years, the bail for which can be applied in the CBI court itself.
Following the Supreme Court granting the postponement of the case verdict twice in the past, the magistrate is sure to pronounce his final judgement today.
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