Judge who gave Babri case verdict appointed UP’s deputy lokayukta | India News

LUCKNOW: UP governor Anandiben Patel on Monday appointed former special CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav, who delivered judgment in Babri demolition case, as deputy lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh. He is the third deputy lokayukta of the state.
He was administered the oath of office on Monday by UP lokayukta Justice Sanjay Mishra. Given the Covid-19 protocol, the swearing-in was kept a low-key affair. The governor had signed Yadav’s appointment letter on April 6.
As special CBI court judge, Yadav had given the verdict in the Babri mosque demolition case in September last year, acquitting all the 32 accused, including BJP veterans LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh. The verdict said Babri Mosque demolition was not a ‘pre-planned but a spontaneous act’.
Yadav retired as district and sessions judge, Lucknow, in September 2019 but on the directions of the Supreme Court, he was given extension to deliver judgment in Babri mosque demolition case which he had been hearing since 2015.
As special judge (Ayodhya Prakaran), he had been conducting daily hearings in the case since 2017.
A resident of Jaunpur, he started his judicial career as additional munsif, Ayodhya, on June 8, 1990. He did his early schooling from Shahganj Madhyamik School and passed Class 10 from DLW High School, Varanasi. He took admission for a pre-university course in BHU, Varanasi, and later did post-graduation in law.

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