Babri verdict judge, now retired, claims threat perception and seeks extension in security; SC denies

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant extension in security cover provided to a former judge who had delivered the recent verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
Former special judge SK Yadav had recently acquitted all 32 accused, including BJP veterans LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti, in the decades-old Babri Masjid demolition case.

The judge had moved the SC seeking extension in the security provided to him in view of the sensitivity of the case. Judge Yadav had retired on September 30 hours after delivering the verdict.

The apex court refused to grant an extension for security cover to the judge, saying they don’t consider it necessary. The judge had contended that he perceives a threat to his security.

“The judge who has since retired has sent a letter talking about threat perception. Having perused the letter, we don’t consider it appropriate to provide security,” Justice RF Nariman, heading the bench, said.

The bench also comprised Justices Navin Sinha and Krishna Murari.

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