Hearing on Bilkis Bano case in Supreme Court: Petition is filed against the release of the convicts, CJI can pronounce the verdict just before retirement

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The petition challenging the release of 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano rape case will be heard in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The most important aspect of this case is that on August 25, the last day of CJI Ramana’s tenure. In such a situation, it is expected that they can pronounce the verdict regarding the punishment of the culprits. CJI Ramana is retiring on August 26.

11 convicts released on 15 August after serving 18 years’ sentence

Apart from CJI Ramana, a bench of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice Vikram Nath will hear the matter. CPI(M) MP Subhasini Ali, Journalist Revati Lal and Professor Roop Rekha Verma had filed a petition against the Gujarat government’s decision. 11 convicts serving life term for the gangrape of Bilkis Bano and murder of 7 family members were acquitted.

The other two members of the bench in the Supreme Court, Justices Rastogi and Justice Vikram Nath, were part of the bench that ruled in May 2022 that the Gujarat government had the right to grant relief to the convicts.

Bilkis Bano was gang-raped in the riots that broke out after the Godhra incident.
Riots broke out in Gujarat on 3 March 2002 after the Godhra incident. During the riots, a furious mob entered the house of Bilkis Bano in Randhikpur village in Limkheda taluka of Dahod district. These rioters had gang-raped Bilkis. Not only this, 7 people of his family were also murdered.

January 2008 Special court of CBI had given punishment
Bilkis was 21 years old at the time of the accident and was pregnant. In the riots, 6 members of his family managed to escape after saving their lives. The gangrape accused were arrested in 2004. In January 2008, a special CBI court sentenced 11 convicts to life imprisonment. The Bombay High Court had upheld the conviction of the accused.

The accused were first kept in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail and then in Nashik Jail. After about 9 years, everyone was sent to the subjail of Godhra. One of these convicts, Radheshyam, had petitioned the Supreme Court to waive the sentence.

Bilkis’s family in awe since release
The family of Bilkis Bano is as shocked as it is by the decision to release the convicts. Yakub Rasool says that Bilkis is disappointed after coming to know about this. Not talking to anyone. He is not in a condition to say anything. Bano’s husband Yakub Rasool told Dainik Bhaskar that because of him we kept living in fear. Changed 15 houses, where to go now. Read full news…

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