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Post-Godhra Riots Case: SC Grants Bail To 14 Convicts; Asks Them To Do Community Service

Lawstreet Journal 29 Jan 2020 12:31am

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On January 28, 2020 Supreme Court granted interim bail to 14 convicts in Sardarpura post-Godhra riots case on the condition that they will not enter Gujarat and they keep aside six hours a week to engage themselves in “spiritual and social service”. The convicts were divided into two groups consisting of six men in one and eight in the other. They were to be relocated to Madhya Pradesh where one of the group will be in Indore and the other in Jabalpur respectively. 

The case was referred to a three judge bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde, Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant. The 2002 Gujarat Riots were one of the disastrous massacres in the history of the country. They were the most heinous communal violence that could ever happen in any country. On February 28, 2002, hundreds of people surrounded the Sheikh Vaas lane in Sardarpura, near Surat city, and the mob burnt the house of a man where victims had taken shelter. Police arrested 76 people in connection with the case, two of whom died during the trial. This is the case in which 33 Muslims were burnt alive in February 2002, in the aftermath of the burning of a bogie of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra in which 59 people died. At least 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the riots. In 2016, the Gujarat High Court had upheld the life terms for 17 people and acquitted 14 more convicted in the Sardarpura case.

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