Ex-judge who gave Babri case verdict, appointed Deputy Lokayukta in Uttar Pradesh; Cong lashes out

Retired judge Surendra Kumar Yadav, who gave the verdict in the high-profile Babri mosque demolition case last year, took oath as an 'up-lokayukta in Uttar Pradesh on April 12. The Lokayukta is from a non-political background and functions as a statutory authority probing cases primarily related to corruption, government mismanagement, or abuse of power by public servants or ministers. As a judge of special CBI court, Surendra Kumar Yadav had on September 30, 2020 acquitted all the 32 accused, including BJP veterans LK Advani, MM Joshi, in the case of demolition of Babri mosque in Ayodhya. The tenure of an 'up-lokayukta' is eight years.