Bilkis Bano Case: Supreme Court has asked the Union Government and Gujarat government to respond to a petition that questions the remission given to 11 people who were sentenced to life in prison for the gang rape and murder of Bilkis Bano’s family members.
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Supreme Court orders govt. to come prepared
Bilkis Bano has filed a plea, and the Supreme Court has ordered the Gujarat government to come prepared on April 18 with the necessary documents related to the remission given to the convicted parties. Additionally, the court has directed the government to have the relevant documents ready for the next hearing date.
During the hearing, the bench made it clear that they will not be influenced by emotions and will solely follow the law. The Supreme Court heard several petitions challenging the reduced sentences of 11 defendants in the case of Bilkis Bano’s gang-rape and murder of seven of her family members during the 2002 Gujarat riots. The bench, consisting of Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna, listened to appeals from various political and civil rights groups, as well as a writ petition filed by Bilkis Bano.
Chief Justice DY Chandrachud gave an order on March 22, to list the case urgently and form a fresh bench to hear the various petitions. On January 4, a bench consisting of justices Ajay Rastogi and Bela M. Trivedi heard Bilkis Bano’s appeal and other petitions. However, Judge Trivedi refused to proceed with the case, without giving any specific reasons. Bano filed a petition with the Supreme Court on November 30, 2022, stating that the state government’s early release of 11 people.
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Govt had released all prisoners last year
The Gujarat government released all 11 prisoners on August 15 of the previous year after granting them mercy. In her ongoing writ petition, the victim alleges that the state government’s action was a “mechanical order” that completely ignored the legal requirements established by the Supreme Court.
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