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Blueprint of Ayodhya mosque to replace Babri Masjid, released by Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF). Its foundation will be laid on Republic Day.(PTI)

AIMPLB members, Sunni Central Waqf Board officials spat over legality of Ayodhya’s upcoming mosque

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | Ayodhya
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 11:38 PM IST
All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Zafaryab Jilani on Wednesday said the proposed mosque in Ayodhya following last year’s Supreme Court verdict is against the Waqf Act and “illegal” under the Shariat laws.
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The complex would come up on five acres of land allotted to the board following the November 2019 order of the Supreme Court in the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid case. (Special Arrangement)
The complex would come up on five acres of land allotted to the board following the November 2019 order of the Supreme Court in the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid case. (Special Arrangement)

5-acre land, zero-energy structure: Mosque in Ayodhya’s Dhannipur village

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 04:22 PM IST
The mosque will be spherical in shape and will be able to accommodate 2,000 namazis or worshippers at a time and will be four times bigger than the Babri Masjid.
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Trust officials speaking on condition of anonymity said chief minister Yogi Adityanath will be invited for this ceremony.(Reuters File Photo)
Trust officials speaking on condition of anonymity said chief minister Yogi Adityanath will be invited for this ceremony.(Reuters File Photo)

UP Sunni Waqf board to release Ayodhya mosque blueprint today

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:01 AM IST
The mosque is coming up on five acres alloted to the board following the November 2019 order of the Supreme Court in the Babri Masjid- Ram Janmabhoomi case.
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Last year, a five-judge Constitution bench of the apex court had ruled that the 2.77-acre land claimed by both Hindus and Muslims would be handed over to a trust for the building of a temple.(PTI File Photo)
Last year, a five-judge Constitution bench of the apex court had ruled that the 2.77-acre land claimed by both Hindus and Muslims would be handed over to a trust for the building of a temple.(PTI File Photo)

Supreme Court refuses to extend security of former judge who pronounced Babri verdict

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2020 02:12 PM IST
The 16th century mosque was demolished on December 6, 1992 by ‘kar sevaks’ who believed that it occupied the site where Lord Ram was born, the destruction triggering riots that left hundreds dead in the country and widening rifts between the communities.
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The agency has a conviction rate of around 69% in its cases, but it is the high-profile cases where its work is often put to the test.(Representational Photo)
The agency has a conviction rate of around 69% in its cases, but it is the high-profile cases where its work is often put to the test.(Representational Photo)

Babri Masjid demolition case: A look at other high-profile CBI cases that did not stand up in court

By Neeraj Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 10:33 AM IST
Having earned the moniker of “caged parrot” from the country’s highest court, CBI often gets slammed for shoddy probes or weak prosecution tactics by courts
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(From L to R)Senior BJP leader LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, former union minister Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, right-wing leader Vinay Katiyar, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra General Secretary Champat Rai, Sadhvi Rithambara, Sakshi Maharaj and Hindu religious leader Ram Vilas Vedanti acquitted by the CBI Court in the Babri Masjid case, in New Delhi.(PTI)
(From L to R)Senior BJP leader LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, former union minister Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, right-wing leader Vinay Katiyar, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra General Secretary Champat Rai, Sadhvi Rithambara, Sakshi Maharaj and Hindu religious leader Ram Vilas Vedanti acquitted by the CBI Court in the Babri Masjid case, in New Delhi.(PTI)

‘Spontaneous act’: All 32 acquitted 28 years later

By Pawan Dixit and Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 06:26 AM IST
The verdict by judge SK Yadav ended a 28-year-long legal fight, and brought relief to senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti, but raised serious questions about the investigation into a high-profile case
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Police personnel stands guard and uses drone to check the area around Jama Masjid in Agra on Wednesday, as the all accused acquitted in the Babri Masjid demolition case by the Special CBI Court in Lucknow.(ANI)
Police personnel stands guard and uses drone to check the area around Jama Masjid in Agra on Wednesday, as the all accused acquitted in the Babri Masjid demolition case by the Special CBI Court in Lucknow.(ANI)

Babri Masjid judgment: Experts point to inconsistent reading of conspiracy laws

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 06:03 AM IST
On the nature evidence and yardstick applied for judging conspiracy, Hegde said that there have been various instances in which conspiracy charges have been applied when at the spontaneous call of one person, others have joined in to injure a person or beat him to death.
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Devotees touch bricks with 'Shri Ram' embossed and engraved on them during a visit to the Ram Janm Bhoomi Nyas workshop at Karsevak Puram , November 9, 2019(Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Devotees touch bricks with 'Shri Ram' embossed and engraved on them during a visit to the Ram Janm Bhoomi Nyas workshop at Karsevak Puram , November 9, 2019(Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)

Babri Masjid case closed for now

UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 05:31 AM IST
But it is unlikely the last word has been heard on this chapter of India’s history
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AIMIM MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi.(PTI)
AIMIM MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi.(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: ‘No justice, Muslim Board should appeal,’ says Asaduddin Owaisi on Babri verdict and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 05:00 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times
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BJP Leader LK Advani at his Delhi residence after the verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
BJP Leader LK Advani at his Delhi residence after the verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Babri demolition case: LK Advani, 31 others acquitted; no local testified

By Pawan Dixit and Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 04:28 PM IST
Ruling out the criminal conspiracy theory, the court held that the demolition on December 6, 1992 was a spontaneous act and not pre-planned.
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Scenes outside the special CBI court after the Babri Masjid demolition verdict in which all 32 accused were acquitted. (HT Photo)
Scenes outside the special CBI court after the Babri Masjid demolition verdict in which all 32 accused were acquitted. (HT Photo)

‘No justice, Muslim Board should appeal’: Asaduddin Owaisi on Babri verdict

By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 03:48 PM IST
Describing it as a black day in the Indian judiciary, Asaduddin Owaisi alleged that this judgment was given only to satisfy the Hindutva ideology.
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Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala addresses a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI photo)
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala addresses a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI photo)

Babri Masjid demolition case: Verdict counter to SC judgment, says Congress

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 05:19 PM IST
The party said every Indian, who has innate faith in the Constitution as also in the spirit of communal amity and brotherhood, expects and urges the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government to file an appeal against the special court’s decision
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Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.(Hindustan Times)
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi.(Hindustan Times)

Court’s verdict proves no conspiracy was hatched in Ayodhya: BJP’s Murli Manohar Joshi

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 02:10 PM IST
Joshi made this remark after all the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case were acquitted by the Special CBI court in Lucknow.
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BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti .(HT photo)
BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti .(HT photo)

‘Justice done’: Leaders hail special CBI court verdict in Babri demolition case

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 04:34 PM IST
Delivering the verdict, judge SK Yadav said that the demolition of the mosque was not pre-planned, but a spontaneous act. He also said that “there is no conclusive proof against the accused.”
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The verdict came months after the Supreme Court in November 2019 ruled in favour of building a temple at the 2.77-acre site where the mosque once stood in Ayodhya. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a ceremony to mark the beginning of the temple construction in August.(Representational Photo/HT)
The verdict came months after the Supreme Court in November 2019 ruled in favour of building a temple at the 2.77-acre site where the mosque once stood in Ayodhya. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a ceremony to mark the beginning of the temple construction in August.(Representational Photo/HT)

Babri Masjid demolition verdict: All 32 accused acquitted

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 01:21 PM IST
CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav ordered the acquittal citing a lack of evidence and added the probe agency could not prove the authenticity of the audio and video evidence submitted
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Till early Wednesday afternoon, no trouble was reported in Delhi on account of the court verdict in Babri Masjid demolition case.(HT file)
Till early Wednesday afternoon, no trouble was reported in Delhi on account of the court verdict in Babri Masjid demolition case.(HT file)

Babri Masjid demolition verdict: Security vigil tightened in Delhi

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 02:22 PM IST
A senior police officer said a “special watch” is being kept outside the residences of some senior political leaders and police personnel have been deployed at important establishments
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Key accused and senior leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti have been acquitted in the Babri Masjid demolition case.(HT file photo)
Key accused and senior leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti have been acquitted in the Babri Masjid demolition case.(HT file photo)

Babri Masjid demolition case live: Satyamev Jayate, tweets Yogi Adityanath after Babri verdict; jabs Congress

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 04:34 PM IST
Babri Masjid Demolition Case Verdict Live Updates: Former deputy prime minister LK Advani, former Union minister MM Joshi, former Union minister Uma Bharti and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh were among the 32 accused acquitted in the case investigated by the CBI.
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Heavy security deployment has been made outside special CBI court where the verdict in Babri Masjid demolition case will be delivered on Wednesday.(PTI FIle)
Heavy security deployment has been made outside special CBI court where the verdict in Babri Masjid demolition case will be delivered on Wednesday.(PTI FIle)

Babri Masjid demolition verdict: On high alert, UP police told to prevent gatherings

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 02:03 PM IST
Babri Masjid demolition verdict: BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh are unlikely to be present in the court during the delivery of verdict.
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A sunrise view from Ram Ki Pedi, at Ayodhya.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
A sunrise view from Ram Ki Pedi, at Ayodhya.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Babri demolition case verdict today, D-day for Advani and 31 others

By Pawan Dixit and Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 02:07 PM IST
Babri demolition case: LK Advani, MM Joshi,Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh may attend via video conference.
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The court called the Allahabad high court’s February 12, 2001, verdict dropping the charges “erroneous”.(ANI)
The court called the Allahabad high court’s February 12, 2001, verdict dropping the charges “erroneous”.(ANI)

CBI court to pronounce Babri verdict tomorrow: All you need to know

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 01:55 PM IST
The demolition in December 1992 triggered some of the deadliest riots since partition and left about 2,000 dead
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Senior BJP leader L K Advani is among the accused in the case (File Photo/PTI)
Senior BJP leader L K Advani is among the accused in the case (File Photo/PTI)

Babri demolition case: Accused may seek exemption from appearance in court

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 02:40 PM IST
Some of the 32 accused – including senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi -- may ask the court to allow them to appear via video conference, citing their advanced age and the coronavirus pandemic, their lawyer said.
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‘Babri case must be dropped’: VHP after Muslim litigant’s appeal to free all

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 11:39 PM IST
On September 30, the special CBI court will deliver its final verdict in the criminal cases linked to the mosque’s demolition in 1992.
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A 200-bed multi-speciality hospital will be built in Ayodhya’s Dhannipur along with a mosque.(HT FILE PHOTO)
A 200-bed multi-speciality hospital will be built in Ayodhya’s Dhannipur along with a mosque.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Alongside Dhannipur mosque in Ayodhya, a 200-bed multi-specialty hospital

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2020 07:27 AM IST
The hospital will be part of Indo-Islamic Centre Complex in Ayodhya village that will also include a community kitchen and an Indo-Islamic Research Centre
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A general view of Ayodhya city(Reuters image)
A general view of Ayodhya city(Reuters image)

Mosque in Ayodhya will be of same size as Babri Masjid, says trust formed for its construction

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2020 02:54 PM IST
The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board has formed the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF), a trust, for the construction of the mosque on the five-acre plot.
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File phpoto: A general view of Ayodhya city(Reuters)
File phpoto: A general view of Ayodhya city(Reuters)

Babri Masjid case: Legal proceedings likely to end today, accused to reply in CBI court

By Pawan Dixit | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2020 10:34 AM IST
Surendra Kumar Yadav, judge, special CBI court, has set a deadline of August 31 for all 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case to submit their written replies in the case.
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Flags put up across the city on the eve of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ram Janmabhumi temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.(HT photo)
Flags put up across the city on the eve of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Ram Janmabhumi temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.(HT photo)

Babri demolition case: Accused likely to file written reply today

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 02:52 PM IST
Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Kalyan Singh are among 32 accused persons in the Babri Masjid demolition case
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Swara Bhasker had, on February 1, attended a panel discussion organized by the non-government organisation (NGO) Mumbai Collective on the topic Artists Against Communalism.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Swara Bhasker had, on February 1, attended a panel discussion organized by the non-government organisation (NGO) Mumbai Collective on the topic Artists Against Communalism.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Relief for Swara Bhasker as AG refuses action in contempt case

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 01:43 AM IST
The plea against Bhasker, which was filed by Shetty on August 17, was placed before AG for his consent to list the matter before the court.
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In April 2017, the Supreme Court ordered that an additional charge of criminal conspiracy under section 120B of the IPC should be framed against the accused BJP leaders.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
In April 2017, the Supreme Court ordered that an additional charge of criminal conspiracy under section 120B of the IPC should be framed against the accused BJP leaders.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court sets Sept 30 deadline to complete Babri trial

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 01:53 AM IST
The BJP leaders are on trial for the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. They have been charged for various offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including promoting enmity between religious groups.
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The legal experts are of the opinion that the CBI court will need further extension of about two months to deliver judgment in the case. (Photo: Indiarailinfo)
The legal experts are of the opinion that the CBI court will need further extension of about two months to deliver judgment in the case. (Photo: Indiarailinfo)

Babri mosque demolition case in last leg, CBI told to file written reply

By Pawan Dixit | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2020 03:04 PM IST
A special CBI court in Lucknow that completed the recording of statements of the accused in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case last month has asked the premier investigation agency to file its reply by August 21.
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A proposed mosque coming up is on a five-acre site outside Ayodhya and is likely to be named after the village of Dhannipur where it is located. (DPR MOD / HT Photo)
A proposed mosque coming up is on a five-acre site outside Ayodhya and is likely to be named after the village of Dhannipur where it is located. (DPR MOD / HT Photo)

Ram temple issue figures in PM Modi’s I-Day address address

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 12:13 AM IST
On August 5, Modi laid the first brick of the Ram Mandir at a grand “bhoomi pujan” ceremony in Ayodhya, and said the day will stand as a symbol of the commitment of several generations that devoted their lives to the construction of the temple.
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