Sharad Pawar's Party Not Surprised, Says Babri Case Verdict Was Expected

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Sharad Pawar's Party 'Not Surprised', Says Babri Case Verdict Was 'Expected'

Babri Demolition Case: Sharad Pawar's party NCP said it isn't surprised over the special court's verdict


Sharad Pawar's party NCP today said it was not surprised over the special court's verdict acquitting all accused in the Babri masjid demolition case.

The CBI court in Lucknow has acquitted all the 32 accused, including BJP veterans LK Advani and MM Joshi, for lack of proof against them.

"The court has given verdict in the case today. It was expected, and hence, we are not surprised," Maharashtra minister and NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik said in a video message.

The minister said that though the accused were acquitted for want of evidence, the probe agencies had filed the case based on evidences only.

"Rath Yatra was taken out before December 6 (1992). The media of the country was present at the (mosque) site and documented the events. There were photos taken and videos captured. There are contents available on YouTube. But the court has given its verdict and we respect it," Mr Malik said.

The NCP leader said it was unlikely that the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government will approach a higher court against the special CBI court's judgement as those who were acquitted include leaders of the BJP.

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