Tue. Feb 27th, 2024


The Supreme Court on Monday quashed the remission orders handed by the Gujarat authorities setting free 11 convicts in a case of gang-rape of Bano and homicide of her relations dedicated throughout the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

“We hold that the State of Gujarat had no jurisdiction to entertain the application for remissions or pass the orders of remission in favour of respondents (convicts) as it was not ‘appropriate government’ within the Section 432 (7) of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), ” held a bench of Justices B.V. Nagarathna and Ujjal Bhuyan.

More particulars are awaited as the highest courtroom continues to be announcing its verdict within the case.

The Supreme Court held that the petition filed by 2002 Gujarat riots sufferer Bilkis Bano in opposition to the untimely launch of 11 individuals convicted of her gang-rape and homicide of her relations is maintainable.

Justice B.V. Nagarathna-led bench stated, “On the point of maintenance of the petition filed by the petitioner (Bilkis Bano) under Article 32 of the Constitution, we have held — it is clearly maintainable.”

The bench, additionally comprising Justice Ujjal Bhuyan, stated that it’s not essential for the apex courtroom to resolve the query of maintainability of the PILs filed in opposition to the Gujarat authorities’s determination to prematurely launch 11 convicts underneath the state’s remission coverage on August 15, 2022.

“We do not think it necessary to answer the point regarding maintainability of PILs in this case…..Therefore, the question regarding maintainability of PIL challenging orders of remission is kept open to be considered in any other appropriate case, ” the highest courtroom held.

During the listening to, the Centre, Gujarat authorities, and convicts had opposed the PILs filed by CPI(M) chief Subhashini Ali, Trinamool Congress chief Mahua Moitra, the National Federation of Indian Women, Asma Shafique Shaikh and others in opposition to the remission orders, saying that when sufferer herself has approached the courtroom, others will not be allowed to intervene in a prison matter.

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