Ayodhya Case: All 32 accused acquitted

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New Delhi: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani at BJP's National Executive, January, 2017.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: File photo of Veteran BJP leader LK Advani. PTI

All the 32 accused in the Ayodhya case, including BJP veterans L K Advani and MM Joshi, were on Wednesday acquitted by a special CBI court.

The court said there was no conclusive proof against the accused.

The case relates to the razing of the disputed structure in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

The 32 accused persons include former deputy prime minister Advani, former Union minister Joshi and Uma Bharti, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh, during whose tenure the structure was pulled down, besides Vinay Katiyar and Sadhvi Rithambara.

Champat Rai, the general secretary of the trust in charge of constructing the temple, is also among the accused.

The CBI, which went into the case, produced 351 witnesses and 600 documents as evidence before the court.

Charges were framed against 48 people, but 16 had died during the course of the trial.

Over two dozen of 32 accused were present.

Advani (92), Joshi (86), Bharti (61), Singh (88), Nritya Gopal Das and Satish Pradhan were not present in court.