Babri: Special judge seeks 6 months to conclude trial

Muslims fix black flags at a mosque as they observe the Babri Masjid demolition anniversary as Black Day, in Ayodhya on Tuesday. PTI file photo

A special judge holding the trial in Babri Masjid demolition case, involving BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi and others, Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking six more months to conclude the trial in the case.

The special judge, in a letter written in May, has informed the top court that he is due to superannuate on September 30, 2019.

The matter came up for hearing on Monday before a bench headed by Justice R F Nariman, which asked the Uttar Pradesh government to apprise it by July 19 about a mechanism by which the tenure of the special judge could be extended till he delivered the verdict in the high profile case.

On April 19, 2017, the top court had ordered a day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years in the case. 

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