December 28, 2017

India: The Babri Masjid Demolition Case: The Will to Delay and Deflect | V. Venkatesan and Vidya Subrahmaniam

On December 6, 1992 a frenzied mob of kar sevaks pulled down the Babri Masjid in the presence of Lal Krishna Advani and other top Sangh Parivar leaders. The aftermath saw the mob and the leaders become the subject matter of two FIRs . In this article, V. Venkatesan, Associate Editor, Frontline, and Vidya Subrahmaniam, Senior Fellow, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, trace how the criminal cases arising out of the FIRs were delayed and deflected and connect the dots to show a pattern behind the 25-year long, and continuing, wait for justice. The delay had prompted the Supreme Court in April 2017 to pass an extraordinary order to expedite the trial and deliver the judgment "within a period of two years".
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