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The Supreme Court on Monday will hear a series of indictments against the release of 11 convicts who gang-raped Bilkis Bano and killed his family members during the 2002 Godhra riots. On August 10 last year, the Gujarat government granted the release of 11 detainees, after which they were released on August 15, 2022. A panel of justice KM Joseph and justice BV Nagarathna will hear the case on March 27.

On March 22, Indian Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said he would serve as a judge to hear the allegations. “I’ll set up a panel”.For this, it is necessary to break two panels. I’ll take care of it tonight,” he said after Bano’s advocate Shobha Gupta, mentioned a request for early listing of the case. On November 30 last time, Bano took the case to the Supreme Court, challenging the” unseasonable” release of the 11 cons by the gujrat government saying it had” shaken the heart of society ”. In addition to charging for the release of those condemned, the gang rape victim also filed a separate solicitation seeking a review of the Apex court’s May 13, 2022 verdict on the charges. The review plea was latterly dismissed in December last time. 

The 11 detainees were released by the Gujarat government on August 15 last year. Victim in pending petition claims state government issued ‘red order’; total disregard for the legal requirement set by the Supreme Court. “The massive early release of detainees in the high-profile Bilkis Bano case has shocked the public and sparked a series of unrest across the country,” she said. 

The Gujarat government in its statement defended the pardons granted to the convicts, noting that they had served 14 years in prison and that their “conduct was considered good”. 

 The statement detailing the crime said Bano and her adult daughters were “shocked by this sudden development”. “As the nation celebrated its 76th Independence Day, all inmates were released early, crowned and blessed in all public glory, and sweets distributed,” he said. 

Supreme Court is seized of PILs filed by CPI(M) leader Subhashini Ali, Revati Laul, a freelance journalist, Roop Rekha Verma, a former vice chancellor of Lucknow University, and Deputy TMC Mahua Moitra was exerted by prisoners. 

What is a case?

 Bano was 21 year old lady and five months pregnant when she was gang raped while fleeing the riots that followed the Godhra train fire. Her three-year-old daughter was among the seven family members killed. The 11 convicts were sentenced to life imprisonment by the CBI Special Court in Mumbai on January 21, 2008.

Their judgments were later upheld by the Mumbai High Court and the Supreme Court. The 11 men convicted in the case were released from Godhra prison on August 15 last year after the Gujarati government approved their release under a release directive. They spent more than 15 years in prison. 

Written by -Anushka Yadav student of the ba.llb 2nd semester at Rnb global University Bikaner Rajasthan


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