Lucknow: As the country awaits the verdict on the 28-year-old Babri Masjid demolition case, to be pronounced Wednesday, special CBI Judge Surendra Kumar Yadav was Tuesday seen glancing through a stack of important papers and dictating a few pointers to his staff before winding up for the day.
Yadav, who also retires Wednesday, was given extension three times earlier only to conclude the trial of this criminal case. When ThePrint met him Tuesday, the CBI judge appeared calm despite the mounting pressure of an important verdict.
For the last several months, he had been analysing evidence and writing the judgment, refusing to even meet visitors at times.
ThePrint’s National Photo Editor Praveen Jain and Senior Assistant Editor Ananya Bhardwaj bring you some snapshots of Yadav in his office, a day before the crucial verdict.
Out of the 32 accused in the case, only 26 of them are expected to be in the court Wednesday morning. Judge Yadav will reach the court at 9 am and the hearing is expected to start by 11 am.
In the premises of the CBI court in Lucknow and outside of it, the staff was busy scrubbing floors, ceilings and corners. The security in the area has been increased, CCTV cameras have been installed and a control room set up for monitoring.