The two judges had been appointed by the Allahabad high court in March 2003, during the excavation conducted by archaeological survey of India at the disputed site.
The board also told the apex court in an affidavit that the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute.
The Allahabad High Court had, in 2010, ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid site in Ayodhya.
Old age and extensive travels cited reasons as exemptions of appearance in court.
In the 62nd episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua tracks L. K. Advani’s role in the Babri mosque demolition and Modi’s flagship Digital India programme.
BJP leaders Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Hindutva preacher Sadhvi Ritambara have also been summoned to the special CBI court.
In light of the recent developments, The Wire brings you a timeline of events of the 1992 incident and its immediate aftermath.