Babri Masjid Timeline

Babri Masjid Timeline

1528: Babri Masjid built by Mir Baqi, commander of Mughal emperor Babur.
1885: Mahant Raghubir Das files plea in Faizabad district court seeking permission to build a canopy outside the disputed structure.
Court rejects the plea.

1949: Idols of Ram Lalla placed under central dome outside the disputed structure.

1950: Gopal Simla Visharad files suit in Faizabad district court for right to worship the idols of Ram Lalla. Paramahansa Ramachandra Das files suit for continuation of worship and keeping the idols.

1959: Nirmohi Akhara files suit seeking possession of the site.

1961: UP Sunni Central Waqf Board files suit for possession of the site.

Feb 1986: Local court orders the govern-ment to open the site to Hindu worshippers.

Aug 1989: Allahabad HC orders status quo in respect of the disputed struc-ture.

Dec 6, 1992: Babri Masjid demolished.

Dec 1992: Two FIRs filed in the case. One against unknown karsevaks for demolition of the mosque. The other names BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi and others for allegedly giving communal speeches before the demolition.

Oct 1993: CBI files composite charge sheet accusing Advani and others of conspiracy.

May 2001: Special CBI court drops proceedings against Advani, Joshi, Uma Bharti, Bal Thackeray and others.

Nov 2004: CBI challenges before the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court the dropping of proceedings against BJP leaders on technical grounds. Court issues notices.

May 2010: High court dismisses plea. Says no merit in CBI’s revision petition.

Sep 2010: In a 2:1 majority, HC rules three-way division of disputed area between Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

May 2011: SC stays HC verdict on Ayodhya land dispute.

Feb 2011: CBI moves Supreme Court against high court order in the mosque demolition case.

Mar 2017: SC indicates it may consider reviving conspiracy charge against the BJP leaders in Babri Masjid demolition case.

SC suggests fresh attempts to resolve Ayodhya dispute.

Apr: SC favours time-bound completion of trial in the case and reserves order on CBI’s plea.

SC restores criminal conspiracy charge against leaders including Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti and clubs the trials in the matters pending against VIPs and kar sevaks.

Nov 2019: SC grants entire disputed land in Ayodhya to deity Ram Lalla, directs govt to allot an alternative five-acre plot to Muslims to build mosque.

Aug 2020: PM Narendra Modi conducts ‘bhoomi pujan’ in Ayodhya, launches construction of Ram temple.

Supreme Court extends by a month the deadline for completion of trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Sep 30: Special Judge SK Yadav delivers judgment in the mosque demolition case, all accused acquitted.

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