Shiv Sena demands dismissal of Babri mosque demolition case ahead of temple ceremony
Several leaders including LK Advani, Uma Bharti, MM Joshi and Vinay Katiyar are accused in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case.
The Shiv Sena on Wednesday said dismissal of the Babri mosque demolition case before the 'bhoomi-pujan' ceremony for the Ram temple construction would be a true homage to so called "martyrs" of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.
"When you accept (Mughal emperor) Babar was an aggressor, the Babri case itself becomes obsolete," an editorial in Shiv Sena mouthpiece "Saamana" said.
It said even after the Supreme Court delivered verdict on the Ram temple, the CBI continues with the Babri mosque demolition case in the apex courtand "leader of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement" L K Advani appears in the case as an accused.
"If the Babri mosque demolition case is dismissed before the 'bhoomi pujan' of the Ram mandir, it would be a homage to the martyrs of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement," the Shiv Sena said.
A special CBI court on Monday set July 24 for recording the statement of former deputy prime minister Advani in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case.
The 92-year-old BJP leader's statement under section 313 of CrPC will be recorded through video conferencing.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Ayodhya on August 5 for the 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony ahead of the construction of the temple.
The Shiv Sena said the day Babri mosque was pulled down, the world saw that faces of many "warriors" turned black with fear.
"'We haven't done this, this is the job of Shiv Sena', the then BJP vice president Sundar Singh Bhandari had said," the Shiv Sena claimed.
"To which, late Balasaheb Thackeray thundered that if his Sainiks had indeed done it, he was proud of them," the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.
The mosque in Ayodhya was demolished on December 6, 1992 by 'kar sevaks' who claimed that an ancient Ram temple had stood on the same site. Advani and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi were leading the Ram temple movement at that time.
In November 2019, the Supreme Court granted the 2.77 acre of disputed land in Ayodhya to deity Ram Lalla. The top court had also directed the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government to allot an alternative 5 acre land to the Muslim side at a prominent place to build a mosque.
(With inputs from PTI)