Monday 5, June 2023

Indian SC closes all proceedings in Gujarat riots, Babri Masjid demolition cases

Time News Desk: Supreme Court of India today (August 30, 2022) drew curtains on cases relating to two key sensitive issues Babri Masjid demolition in 1992 and the Gujarat riots in 2002 which embroiled the country's politics for decades.

A bench of the Supreme Court, consisting of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Abhay S Oka and Vikram Nath, closed the contempt petition against Uttar Pradesh state government and its officials in connection with the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992, our New Delhi correspondent reports.

The petition was filed by Mohd Aslam Bhure (who died in 2010) against the state of Uttar Pradesh for violation of the undertaking given to the court regarding maintenance of law and order in the area.

The bench took note of the passage of time and the 2019 ruling given by a five-judge bench of the top court on the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute matter in Ayodhya in 2019, dividing the plot among Hindus and Muslim groups.

The bench also took into consideration the fact that contempt petitioner Mohd Aslam Bhure has already passed away.

Meanwhile, a three-member apex court bench disposed of 10 petitions, including the ones filed by the country's National Human Rights Commission seeking transfer of the probe from the Special Investigation Team to the Central Bureau of Investigation into the communal riots in Gujarat in 2002.

The bench, consisting of India's Chief Justice UU Lalit, and Justices S Ravindra Bhat and JB Pardiwala, noted that the top court had constituted a Special Investigating Team for the investigation and prosecution of nine cases related to riots and that trial in eight cases are complete.

The final arguments are going on in just one case in the trial court in Naroda Gaon, Gujarat, the bench also noted as it disposed of the petitions.

"Since all matters have now become infructuous, this court is of the view that this court need not entertain these petitions any longer," the bench said.


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