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Babri Masjid demolition case: CBI court indicates trial may conclude within a month

The CBI has "discharged" them from the list because they were "unwilling to depose and support the case of the prosecution", people with direct knowledge of the matter told ET . The agency informed the special CBI court in Lucknow about this last week, the people said.

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Last Updated: Nov 20, 2019, 11.43 PM IST|Original: Nov 20, 2019, 11.43 PM IST
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Of the 348 witnesses examined so far in the Babri Masjid demolition trial, one has turned partially hostile, said the people.
New Delhi : The Central Bureau of Investigation has dropped three people from the list of witnesses it had lined up against former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The CBI has "discharged" them from the list because they were "unwilling to depose and support the case of the prosecution", people with direct knowledge of the matter told ET . The agency informed the special CBI court in Lucknow about this last week, the people said. The court has verbally indicated that it might conclude the trial within a month, before the winter break in December, they added. So far, eight witnesses have deposed against Singh in the CBI court.

ET on November 11 reported that the CBI had produced half a dozen witnesses until then to substantiate its charges against Singh. They included Ram Niwas, a former shorthand reporter with the local intelligence unit, who had prepared a report of a public speech by Singh at Phool Bagh in Kanpur on May 5, 1993, and submitted it to the Intelligence Bureau. The report alleged that Singh had made inflammatory remarks welcoming the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. Niwas was cross examined by the defence last week and he stood his ground, said sources.

Of the 348 witnesses examined so far in the Babri Masjid demolition trial, one has turned partially hostile, said the people.

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