The accused have a legal right to produce documents and witnesses in their defence. However, apart from former Uttar Pradesh CM Kalyan Singh, others in this case did not produce any fresh documents or witnesses after seeking the court’s permission. Some of them had also moved a formal application seeking 15 days’ time to peruse court records of the trial in order to furnish “documentary” evidence in their defence. The court had granted them seven days and listed the matter for resumed hearing on August 4. The accused had also sought certified copies of certain documents produced by the prosecution. The court reserved the judgement on September 1, after waiting for them to furnish evidence.
People in the know told ET that the prosecution was expecting a list of “defence witnesses” after production of documentary evidence by them. That would have meant examination-in-chief and cross examination of the defence witnesses, which would have needed more time for the completion of the trial. But only Kalyan Singh produced some documents in his defence. As per legal experts, accused choose to produce witnesses in their defence only if they feel the case made out by the prosecution is strong enough to convict them. The legal right is not exercised if the defence is of the view that the case lacked cogent evidence.
CBI did not respond to ET's query on whether it would appeal against the acquittal of the 32 individuals who it had claimed were involved in the demolition of the Babri Masjid. In response to questions put by the court, BJP leader LK Advani had denied involvement in the demolition of the mosque. Advani had said he was falsely implicated and that the case was politically motivated. Another BJP stalwart, MM Joshi, had also denied any involvement in the demolition. He had informed the court that he would produce witnesses in his defence.
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