Bilkis Bano Case: The Gujarat government has filed a reply in the Supreme Court on the release of 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case. The government said that on May 13, the Supreme Court ruled that the old policy made in 1992 for the release of these people would be applicable. This policy provides for release from life imprisonment after spending 14 years in jail. The government said that the behavior of all the convicts in captivity was good.
In the affidavit, the government said, “All the people have been in jail for more than 14 years. Filing of PIL in this case is an abuse of law. The law does not give any outsider the right to interfere in a criminal matter. No fundamental right of Subhashini Ali and other petitioners is being affected so that they can file PIL. The petition should be dismissed.”
‘Petitioner is related to political party’
The government said that the allegation that these people have been released under the program ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ is false. According to the order of the Supreme Court, the release has been done after following the entire legal process. The petitioner is associated with a political party. None of the petitioners has any connection with the whole matter.
During the 2002 Gujarat riots, Bilkis was attacked by more than 20 rioters. During this, some other women including pregnant Bilkis were raped. The Supreme Court transferred the case to Maharashtra after receiving a complaint from the accused for pressurizing the aggrieved party. After this, on January 21, 2008, a special CBI court in Mumbai sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment.
The convicts in the Bilkis case were released on 15 August. Against this, CPM leader Subhashini Ali, social activist Rokhine Verma, Revathi Lal and Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra filed a petition in the Supreme Court. Now the hearing will be held in the Supreme Court on Tuesday (October 18).
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