LAW KUMAR MISHRA
Patna; For Mr Surendra Kumar Yadav, it was the last date with destiny and end of his 31′ years judicial career when he delivered a judgement in a 28 years old case_ demolition of Babri structure at Ayodhya on December 6,1992.
Yadav was initiated into UP lower judicial service as additional munsif magistrate on June 6,1990.
His career started at Ayodhya and ended with Ayodhaya. Today he acquitted all the 32 surving accused, including former deputy prime minister, L K Advani, BJP veterans Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh.I had an opportunity to meet Yadav in February last year when I had gone to record my statement as a prosecution witness. For two days, main and cross examination continued. I had to put my signature on all the pages in presence of the judge. It was done in his chamber in the old High Court building.Judge offered me evening tea and we talked many things off the record. He appeared to be a jovial one though he was promoted as district and sessions judge a year back. He was humble, polite both inside the chamber and in the open court. He at one stage chided the lawyer” ek to gawah aate Nahi hai, aur jo aate hain, aap unke saath theek se pesh nahi aate”.
From the working of the prosecutors, CBI working from a small room in the court premises and four rooms in Circuit House, some guess about the future fate of the case was apparent. They were doing formalities.Who demolished the structure would remain on records___ not karsewaks and none of the BJP, RSS, VHP , Bajrang Dal or Shiv Sena leaders. Lumpen elements. Mr Yadav demolished the Goodwill of CBI .
Yadav born at Jaunpur in eastern UP had completed 60 in September 2019, was on extension till delivery of the judgement.For me ,it was a long association with Ram temple movement as a journalist onlyI had covered the start of Somnath_ Ayodhya rath Yatra of Advani ji in September 1990 from Somnath on Saurashtra coast।
.Also, village level shila pujans initiated by Ashok Singhal and Giriraj Kishore were covered extensively
Working of the CBI in this case appeared to be like absent minded one.
The CBI man who had come to serve court summons to me asked for the mobile no of Vidyaniwas Mishra, a former editor of NAV Bharat Times as summons were issued to him. I told the person , he can not be contacted on mobile, he asked for his address . He was told” ye to upar chale gaye hain”. He insisted CBI wahan bhi jayegi , kitni manjil par?
I had to tell him, Mishra ji died in a road accident 12 years back. No home work !
CBI officials engaged in Ayodhya Case said in the afternoon they were collecting the copy of the 1700 pages judgement for legal examination. Any decision on appeal would be taken after legal examination of the order.
Court had commented the evidences were tampered by the prosecuting agency