Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday welcomed the acquittal of LK Advani and 31 others in the Babri mosque demolition case by a CBI court.

“The court’s observation that the incident was not pre planned is a victory of truth,” Yediyurappa told reporters.

Reacting to the judgement, he said he was personally very much pleased with it as he too was part of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.

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Giving credit to BJP veterans Advani, Joshi and Bharti for setting the stage for construction of the Ram temple, whose foundation laying ceremony was performed about two months ago in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, the CM said, “in this moment of joy for every Indian, I welcome the verdict.”

Recalling the day when the mosque was demolished, Yediyurappa said no one can ever forget the historic speech by Advani on the occasion.

All the 32 accused in the case, including former deputy Prime Minister Advani, ex-union minister MM Joshi and Uma Bharti were acquitted by a special CBI court in Lucknow, which said there was no conclusive proof against them.