Cross-examination of Ayodhya demolition witness not held

The cross examination of a witness in the Ayodhya demolition case before the Special Judge (Ayoadhya Prakaran) could not take place today with local lawyers abstaining from work.

Lucknow: The cross examination of a witness
in the Ayodhya demolition case before the Special Judge
(Ayoadhya Prakaran) could not take place today with local
lawyers abstaining from work in protest against a scuffle they
had with some government employees on Monday.

Priyanbadanath Shukla, the then station officer (SO) of
Ram Janambhoomi police station in Ayodhya was produced by the
CBI as first prosecution witness on the last date of hearing
in the case on augut 23 and he was to be cross-examined today,
CBI counsel K P Singh told PTI.

The court had framed charges against 23 accused,
including the then district magistrate of Faizabad, R N
Srivastava, Samajwadi Party MP, Brij Bhushan Saran singh and
BJP MLA, Laloo Singh on August 17 last.

Special judge (Ayodhya Prakaran) Virendra Kumar fixed
September 7 as the next date of hearing in the case, Singh
said.

The CBI counsel also said that the disputed structure
was demolished on December 6, 1992 and a case crime no 197/92
was registered.

In this matter, the CBI had filed chargesheet after
completing investigation.

Earlier on May 2001 the special court had dropped
proceedings against 21 accused including senior BJP leader L K
Advani, M M Joshi and others.

The local lawyers have been abstaining from judicial
work since yesterday following a scuffle with some state
government staff.

PTI

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