SC to set up bench to hear Bilkis Bano’s plea against release of 11 convicts


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Courtroom on Wednesday agreed to arrange a particular bench to listen to a plea towards the discharge of 11 convicts within the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case, which additionally includes the killing of a number of of her members of the family throughout the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Advocate Shobha Gupta, representing Bano, talked about the matter for pressing listening to earlier than a bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud. The bench, additionally comprising Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala, assured Gupta {that a} new bench can be fashioned to listen to the case.

The Chief Justice stated, “I will have a bench constituted. We need to break two benches for it. We will look at this in the evening.”

In January this yr, the apex courtroom had stated the query of maintainability wouldn’t come up in a matter associated to remission of 11 life phrases convicts.

Within the plea, Bano stated launch of all of the convicts got here as a shock to the petitioner, to her grown-up daughters, to her household, and in addition to the society at massive, nationally, and internationally.

The petition stated: “The premature release of all the convicts came as a shock not only to the petitioner, to her grown up daughters, to her family, but also to the society at large, nationally and internationally, and the society across segments had showed their anger, disappointment, distrust and protest to the clemency shown by the government by releasing criminals like the 11 convicts of the case.”

Terming the discharge order mechanical, the plea stated the untimely launch of the convicts within the a lot talked about case of Bilkis Bano, has shaken the conscience of the society and resulted in a number of agitations throughout the nation.

All 11 convicts had been granted remission by the Gujarat authorities and launched on August 15, final yr.

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