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On what basis were the 11 convicts of the Bilkis Bano case released? Gujarat government told SC the reason

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The Gujarat government told the Supreme Court the reason for the release of 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case.
The Gujarat government told the court that the convicts had behaved well during the sentence.
The decision to release was taken only after considering everyone’s opinion – Government

New Delhi: The Gujarat government on Monday told the Supreme Court the reason for the release of 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case. The Gujarat government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that the decision to release the convicts was taken only on the basis of the opinion of all the persons involved in the board. In this, the behavior of the culprits during the sentence was also considered. In fact, the Gujarat government on Monday filed a reply in the Supreme Court on the petitions filed against the release of the 11 convicts. Today i.e. on Tuesday, there is a hearing on this matter in the Supreme Court.

On the release of 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case, the Gujarat government raised questions on the filing of the petition by the petitioners (Subhashini Ali, Mahua Moitra). On behalf of the Gujarat government, it was said in the affidavit that challenging the clemency does not come under the jurisdiction of public interest litigation and it is an abuse of rights.

The Gujarat government told the Supreme Court that the decision to release all the convicts was taken on the basis of the opinion of all the persons on the board and the behavior of the convicts during the sentence was also considered. The state government considered everyone’s opinion and decided to release the 11 prisoners, as the convicts had completed their sentence of 14 years and above in jails and were found to be well behaved.

The Gujarat government further said that after the approval of the state government, orders to release the convicts were issued on 10 August 2022. In this case, the State Government also considered the proposals under the 1992 policy directed by this Court. This release happened according to the rules. It is wrong for the petitioners to say that these people have been given exemption from punishment on the occasion of Amrit Mahotsav of Azadi.

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