New Delhi: The CBI special judge who is presiding over the Babri Masjid demolition – wherein BJP stalwarts LK Advani, MM Joshi and several others are facing charges – has moved the Supreme Court complaining that his promotion has been stayed by the Allahabad High Court.
As per reports, Lucknow Special Judge SK Yadav’s promotion has been held in view of a top court order to complete the trial by April 19, 2019.
Yadav is trying the case in terms of the top court’s April 19, 2017, order for a day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years. Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Uma Bharti is also an accused in the case.
On Monday, a bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman had directed Yadav to file a report – explaining his plans for completing the case within the set deadline. The Bench, which also comprised Justice Indu Malhotra, also asked the UP Government to respond to Yadav’s petition.
Demolition shook ‘secular fabric of the Constitution’
- While ordering the BJP stalwarts to face trial, the SC had on April 19, 2017, termed the demolition of the disputed structure a “crime” that shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution”.
- It had allowed the CBI’s plea to revive criminal conspiracy charge against the accused. “There shall be no de novo (fresh) trial. There shall be no transfer of the judge conducting the trial until the entire trial concludes.
- The case shall not be adjourned on any ground except when the Sessions court finds it impossible to carry on the trial for that particular date,” it had said.