New Delhi: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Wednesday hailed the Babri Masjid demolition verdict as a vindication of “truth and justice”.
Addressing the media soon after the verdict was announced, VHP’s international working president Alok Kumar said, “Today’s judgment in the criminal case relating to disputed structure in Ayodhya is a vindication of truth and justice.”
“Sadly, it has taken 28 years for the courts to deliver justice. This judgment now hopefully draws the final curtains on an issue that had been agitating the Hindu psyche for some 472 years,” said Kumar.
“The Ram bhakts have suffered their implication in false cases and the trial that stretched for 28 long years. The case was based on 49 FIRs, 351 witnesses produced by the prosecution and some 600 documents. The tenure of the presiding judge had to be extended several times, beyond his retirement,” he added.
A special CBI court in Lucknow acquitted all 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, including former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani, former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh, and their fellow BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar and Sakshi Maharaj.
Kumar said the judgment “busted the conspiracy theory”. He also called upon everyone to look forward and concentrate on the progress of India now.
“It is time to eschew politics, shed prejudices and instead of keep looking into the past, (one must) look forward to work unitedly for the unity and progress of Bharat,” he said.
Kumar said the VHP will continue its campaign for protection of temples and their properties, and “to ensure that their income is used only for religious and social purposes”.
The VHP was at the forefront of the Ayodhya movement.
Meanwhile, the RSS also welcomed the verdict.
सीबीआई की विशेष अदालत द्वारा विवादास्पद ढाँचे के विध्वंस मामले में सभी
आरोपियों को ससम्मान बरी करने के निर्णय का राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ स्वागत
– सुरेश (भय्याजी) जोशी, सरकार्यवाह, राष्ट्रीय स्वयंसेवक संघ pic.twitter.com/bFq2OGb7rx
— RSS (@RSSorg) September 30, 2020
‘Can look forward now, time to build a stable Bharat’
Kumar said initially the prosecution was launched against 49 people.
“We remember with gratitude, the 17 of them who unfortunately left for their heavenly abode during the trial. They include Shri Ashok Singhal, Mahant Avaidyanath, Pujya Paramhans Ramchandra Das, Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia, Acharya Giriraj Kishore, Shri Bal Thackery, Shri Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Shri Vaikunth Lal Sharma (Prem Ji).”
“The judgment of 9 November 2019 by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India unanimously settled that the subject land in Ayodhya does in fact belong to Ram Lalla,” he said.
Kumar called upon the society to “now look forward to the urgent tasks at hand — the completion of a grand temple at Shri Ramjanmabhoomi, the eradication of social inequalities and establishment of samrasta (harmony)”.
He also said that it’s time to “bring about social, educational and economic upliftment of the Scheduled Castes, Tribes and other economically backward sections of the society as also to build a strong and stable Bharat, capable of fighting the attacks and challenges from within and at the borders”.
Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it
India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises.
But the news media is in a crisis of its own. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle.
ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Whether you live in India or overseas, you can do it here.