Bilkis Bano case hearing adjourned for 3 weeks, acquitted will also get a chance to present their case

Bilkis Bano Case : Supreme Court hearing on plea against release of convicts in Bilkis Bano case has been postponed by 3 weeks. The hearing has been adjourned due to the delay in making the 11 persons acquitted by the petitioners parties. Also, the court wants the 11 convicts who have been acquitted to present their case. Along with this, the court has asked the Gujarat government to file a reply on this petition within 2 weeks.

Convicts in Bilquis Bano case were acquitted on August 15. CPM leader Subhashini Ali, social activists Rokin Verma, Revathi Lal and Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra have filed petitions in the Supreme Court to quash the Gujarat government’s order regarding the release.  A bench comprising then Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justices Ajay Rastogi and Vikram Nath had issued the notice on August 25. The court had said that it would hold a hearing after 2 weeks.

Delayed by petitioner 

In the previous hearing, the court had also said that the petitioners also made the acquitted convicts parties in the case. But today, counsel for the convicts Rishi Malhotra told the judge that the petitioners have filed an application on Thursday to make them a party. So far they have not even received the copy of the petitions. so that they can file a reply. This  In view of this, a bench of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice Vikram Nath adjourned the hearing for 3 weeks.

What’s the matter 

A pregnant Bilkis Bano was gang-raped in March 2002 during communal violence in Gujarat. Seven members of his family also died in this violence. While the other six members of the family somehow managed to escape, their lives were saved. On January 21, 2008, a special CBI court in Mumbai sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment in the Bilquis Bano rape case. All of them were accused of raping Bilkis Bano and killing seven members of her family. Later the Bombay High Court also upheld the decision of the Special CBI Court. All these convicts who were sentenced to life imprisonment had served 15 years in jail. After this, a prisoner approached the Supreme Court and filed a petition for his early release. After this, the Supreme Court directed the Gujarat government to see if they can be pardoned by the state government. He was then released on August 15 this year.


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