New Delhi : The Centre and Gujarat will likely challenge a previous Supreme Court order that sought files on the premature release of convicts in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case. Gujarat sought not to produce the files citing privilege and said it might file a plea seeking review of the court’s order.
This came after the Supreme Court today sought to know from the Gujarat government why it allowed the premature release of the convicts. A bench of Justice KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna heard the case.
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New Delhi : The centre and the Gujarat government are likely to challenge an order by the Supreme Court seeking files on the remission of convicts in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case.
The government, citing “privilege”, has indicated it does not want to produce the documents connected with the remission of sentence of 11 convicts in the case.
Ms Bano approached the Supreme Court in November last year challenging what she called “premature” release of the 11 convicts by the state government. She said the remission of sentence has “shaken the conscience of society”. Seven members of her family, including her three-year-old daughter, were also murdered in the 2002 Gujarat riots.
The Supreme Court on March 27 told the Gujarat government and the centre to show the files used in the remission of sentence.
A bench of Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna questioned the remission granted to the 11 convicts during their incarceration period and said the gravity of the offence could have been considered by the state.
The Supreme Court will hear a clutch of requests challenging the remission to the convicts on May 2. It ordered all the convicts who have not been served notice to send their replies.