Bano case: No stay on IPS of­fi­cer’s con­vic­tion

Deccan Chronicle - - NATION - J. VENKATESAN | DC

The Supreme Court on Tues­day re­fused to stay the con­vic­tion of IPS of­fi­cer R.S. Bhagora, who was sen­tenced in the Gu­jarat riots Bilkis Bano Gan­grape case ob­serv­ing that there is no ur­gency in the mat­ter.

A va­ca­tion bench of Jus­tices A.K. Sikri and Deepak Gupta told coun­sel for the pe­ti­tioner that since the con­victed of­fi­cer had al­ready un­der­gone the sen­tence, there is no need to stay con­vic­tion at this stage. Coun­sel said that if the con­vic­tion is not stayed, then he will be ter­mi­nated from the ser­vice as per ser­vice rules. He said the court should grant stay on the con­vic­tion.

The bench while re­fus­ing to grant early hear­ing told the coun­sel that the fine amount is only `15,000. It posted the mat­ter for listing in the sec­ond week of July. Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tion, on March 3, 2002, Bilkis Bano’s fam­ily was at­tacked by a mob at Rand­hikpur vil­lage near Ahmed­abad dur­ing the post-Godhra riots and seven mem­bers of her fam­ily were killed. Bilkis Bano, who was five months preg­nant at the time, was gan­graped.

The con­victs had, how­ever, con­tended that all ev­i­dence in the case was fab­ri­cated by CBI and the fact that Bilkis gave birth to a child af­ter the in­ci­dent proves that she could not have been gan­graped.

Bilkis Bano’s fam­ily was at­tacked by a mob dur­ing the postGodhra riots and 7 mem­bers of her fam­ily were killed. Bano was gan­graped.

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