01102020-TT-01.qxd 10/1/2020 1:12 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.140 no.272 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana INJURED SERENA PULLS OUT OF FRENCH OPEN SPORT /thetribunechd GENERAL ATLANTIC PICKS UP STAKE IN RELIANCE RETAIL FOR ~3,675 CR BUSINESS TRUMP DENIGRATES OFFICE OF US PRESIDENT: KAMALA BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com thursday, october 1,2020 All 32 accused in Babri case acquitted Opposition slams verdict; it runs contrary to constitutional spirit, says Congess Tribune News Service & PTI JUDGE RETIRES AFTER VERDICT CHARGES THEY FACED New Delhi/Lucknow, Sept 30 A special CBI court here on Wednesday acquitted all the 32 accused, including senior BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti, in the Babri Masjid demolition case, saying there was no conclusive evidence against them. 2,300-PAGE VERDICT SPECIAL JUDGE SAYS NO CONCLUSIVE PROOF FINDINGS AT VARIANCE WITH LIBERHAN COMMISSION In his 2,300-page verdict, Special Judge SK Yadav said the CBI could not produce any conclusive evidence against any of the accused. The verdict, which came almost 28 years after the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, by kar sevaks, noted that late Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal wanted to save the structure because Lord Ram idol was inside. The court’s findings are at variance with those of Justice MS Liberhan Commission, which had concluded in its 2009 report that the demolition of Babri Masjid was CONTINUED ON BACK PAGE edit: bABRI ACQUITTAL 1 2 3 Special Judge SK Yadav, who had been given one-year extension till Wednesday by the SC, retired after pronouncing the judgment. The criminal conspiracy charge was dropped by trial court in 2001. However, the SC on April 19, 2017, revived the charge and asked the Special CBI Judge to conduct day-to-day hearing and complete the trial in two years. Later, it extended the time till September 30, 2020. 4 ADVANI, JOSHI SKIP HEARING Criminal conspiracy in addition to promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion Accused made assertions prejudicial to national integration and injuring or defiling a place of worship Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings Uttering statements leading to public mischief, rioting and unlawful assembly permitted by MHA ■ Entertainment parks Deadline for income tax returns extended NEW DELHI: The Income Tax Department has again extended the deadline for filing returns for financial year 2018-19. Belated and revised returns can now be filed by November 30. TNS do not wish to ❝ While II must say time comment, 1949: Idols of Ram Lalla placed under central dome outside disputed structure 1950: Suit in Faizabad court for worship right Dec 6, 1992: Masjid razed; 2 FIRs filed against kar sevaks & BJP leaders Advani, Joshi and others for ‘communal’ speeches Oct 1993: CBI’s chargesheet accuses Advani, others of criminal conspiracy 1959: Nirmohi Akhara files a suit 1961: UP Sunni Waqf Board files suit Feb 1986: Local court orders opening of site to Hindus May 2001: Special CBI court drops proceedings against Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti, Bal Thackeray and others Aug 1989: Status quo by Allabad court May 2010: The Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court dismisses CBI’s plea Sept 2010: Allahabad HC rules division of disputed area between Sunni Board, Nirmohi Akhara, Ram Lalla April 19, 2017: SC revives criminal conspiracy charge against Advani, others Nov 9, 2019: SC grants disputed land in Ayodhya to deity Ram Lalla, alternative five-acre plot to Muslims for mosque Forced to perform last rites: Rape victim’s kin Vardhan is Hry Chief Secretary Chandigarh, September 30 The Haryana Government has appointed Vijai Vardhan, a 1985-batch IAS officer, the new Chief Secretary. He succeeds Keshni Anand Arora, who superannuated today. Vardhan, who was currently posted as Financial Commissioner Revenue (FCR) and Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management), will have a tenure of over one year as the Chief Secretary as he is due to retire on November 30, 2021. Vardhan is the second seniormost officer in Haryana bureaucracy with Sunil Gulati, a 1984-batch IAS officer, continued on back page New Delhi, September 30 The body of 19-year-old Hathras gang-rape victim was cremated early Wednesday with family members alleging they were forced by the police to hurriedly conduct the last rites. “The cremation was done at 3 am,” her father said, a day after his daughter succumbed to critical injuries. She was allegedly gang-raped and tortured by four men. The victim’s brother alleged: “The police forcibly took my father for cremation as soon as he reached Hathras from Delhi.” Denying the charge, Hathras Joint Magistrate PP Meena said the final rites were carried out as per the procedure and with the permission of the family. PM Narendra Modi spoke to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and asked him to ensure strictest possible action Act tough against culprits, PM tells Yogi Activists protest the death of Hathras victim, in Delhi. MR BHUI NHRC NOTICE TO UP ~25L RELIEF FOR FAMILY against the culprits. Uttar Pradesh has set up an SIT to probe the case. It will submit its report in seven days. — TNS Pb’s 31 farm bodies to In HP, 35% secondary launch protest today schools sans computers Chandigarh, September 30 Vehemently opposing the Centre’s new farm laws, 31 farmer organisations in Punjab will go on an indefinite protest from tomorrow. People from various sections are contributing dry ration for langar to be served to the protesters, who will squat on rail tracks and outside the residences of BJP leaders, gherao offices of multinational firms and ask gram sabhas to pass resolutions against the laws. The farmers will hold protests tomorrow outside the residences of Union Minister Som Parkash in Phagwara, former Punjab BJP president Shwait Malik in Amritsar and former MLA Sukhpal Nannu in Ferozepur. Artistes have been meeting villagers to mobilise support ❝ The decision runs contrary to SC judgment and constitutional spirit. EveryIndian who has faith in Constitution and in the spirit of communal amity expects the government to file a review appeal. TIMELINE ALLOWED PROHIBITED REVIEW APPEAL A MUST TIME CAN ALTER JUSTICE ■ Cinemas/theatres/multiplexes ■ International air travel, except as The CBI special court pronounced that VHP leader late Ashok Singhal tried to stop the kar sevaks assembled around the mosque in Ayodhya from demolishing the disputed structure because the idol of Lord Ram was also inside the structure. Among others, BJP veterans late Pramod Mahajan and Vijayraje Scindia and Shiv Sena's then chief Bal Thackeray died during the course of the trial. Prominent Muslim organisations on Wednesday raised questions over the Babri mosque verdict saying it was “far from justice” and not only witnesses were ignored but the criminal act was brushed aside too. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board urged the CBI to file an appeal against the judgment. Randeep Surjewala, CONG SPOKESPERSON UNLOCK 5. GUIDELINES with up to 50% seating capacity ■ Business-to-business exhibitions ■ Swimming pools for the training of sportspersons ■ States can allow more than 100 persons at functions ■ States/UTs allowed to take on opening of schools, colleges, coaching centres after October 15 Six of the 32 accused were not present in the court when the verdict was pronounced. Among them were Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh, LK Advani, MM Joshi, Nritya Gopal Das and Satish Pradhan. VHP’S SINGHAL TRIED TO SAVE STRUCTURE, SAYS CBI COURT CRIMINAL ACT BRUSHED ASIDE: MUSLIM BODIES THE TRIBUNE INTERVIEW Bhanu P Lohumi ‘GOVT PROCUREMENT, MSP TO STAY’ Shimla, September 30 Despite the thrust on online teaching and focus on smart classrooms with information and communication technology (ICT) labs, 8.89 per cent government higher secondary schools and 34.72 per cent government secondary schools in Himachal have no computer facility. The situation in primary and middle schools is worse. Only 3.44 primary and 17.2 per cent middle schools have computers. Also, 16.48 per cent higher secondary schools and 51.44 per cent secondary schools do not have Internet connectivity, as per a 2019-20 report. There are in all 15,327 government schools in the state —10,585 primary, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, in an exclusive interview with The Tribune clarifies on apprehensions and concerns raised by the farming community over the new farm laws DETAILS INSIDE for the protest. Youth clubs, traders and government staff are backing farmers. So are the political parties. The Congress will launch a signature campaign on October 2. AAP has been reaching out to villagers. The SAD plans a march from the three Takhts tomorrow. — TNS Tribune News Service Online teaching hit: No net in 16% higher sec & 51% sec schools 1948 middle, 939 secondary & 1857 higher secondary. The Education Department has floated tenders for computers in 418 schools but Internet connectivity in remote tribals areas like Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Pangi and Bharmaur remains a problem, sources said. has the capability of changing the course of justice. The evidence tends to get diluted over the years as, among other things, memory of witnesses fades Justice MS Liberhan, PROBED BABRI DEMOLITION China tones down vitriol, envoy decries talk of confrontation New Delhi, September 30 India and China on Wednesday held an inter-ministerial meeting to review the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) while Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong called on both sides to follow up the five-point consensus reached by the two Foreign Ministers in Moscow on September 10. The 19th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) held “frank and detailed discussions” on the developments since its last meeting on August 20. In the Chinese Ambassador’s address, there was no trace of the rancour expressed by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) just a day ago. China is committed to seeking a solution through dialogue, said the Chinese envoy. “We need to remain rational and calm, and resist the talk of confrontation,” he said during a virtual meeting to commemorate China’s 71st national day. The MEA said the WMCC also underlined the importance it attached to WMCC meet holds ‘frank discussions’ INDIGENISED BRAHMOS TEST-FIRED SUCCESSFULLY New Delhi: India on Wednesday successfuly tested the BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile, featuring indigenous ‘booster’ and ‘airframe’ section along with other ‘made in India’ sub-systems. Tested from Balasore in Odisha, it cruised at a top speed of Mach 2.8, three times that of sound. TNS the discussions earlier this month between the two Defence Ministers followed by an agreement between the two Foreign Ministers to ensure disengagement at all friction points. The meeting also decided to hold the seventh round of commanders’meet at an early date. — TNS
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