AIMPLB to Move SC Against CBI Court Acquittal of 32 Accused in Babri Masjid Demolition Case

all India The Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) will move the Supreme Court against the acquittal of all 32 accused by a special CBI court in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, a board official said on Wednesday.

The CBI court on September 30, 2020 acquitted all the accused in the case, including former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, following which two residents of Ayodhya, Haji Mehboob and Syed Akhlaq, filed a revision petition before the Allahabad High Court.

A two-judge bench of the High Court dismissed the revision petition on November 9 this year, observing that the appellants had no locus standi to challenge the judgment as they were not victims of the case.

AIMPLB executive member and spokesperson Syed Kasil Rasool Ilyas said the board has now decided to approach the Supreme Court against the acquittal.

“We are definitely going to approach the Supreme Court as the apex court itself has accepted in the Ayodhya verdict that the demolition of Babri Masjid was a criminal act,” he told PTI.

“The five-judge Supreme Court bench that delivered the historic Ayodhya verdict termed the Babri Masjid demolition as a grave violation of the rule of law and the accused are still at large,” he said.

He stated that the appellants Haji Mehboob and Syed Akhlaq were CBI witnesses and their houses were attacked and set on fire by a mob assembled by the accused on December 6, 1992.

He said that Mehboob and Akhlaq lived near the Babri Masjid.

Mehboob and Akhlaq had moved the High Court on January 8, 2021, against the CBI court’s decision.

The High Court, in its order dismissing the petition, said, “In view of the foregoing discussion, this Court is of the view that in the facts and circumstances of the instant criminal appeal filed on behalf of the appellants under Section 372 Cr.PC, The impugned judgment and order dated 30th September, 2020 passed by the Trial Court is liable to be dismissed on the ground of non-availability of whereabouts of the appellants, hence, accordingly, stands dismissed.”

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