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Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: I wept tears of relief, says Bilkis Bano after SC order

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: The Supreme Court is expected to deliver a verdict today on the Bilkis Bano case, which involves petitions challenging the remission granted to 11 convicts.

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: The gangrape victim Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five months pregnant when the incident took place while fleeing communal riots in Gujarat.Premium
Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: The gangrape victim Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five months pregnant when the incident took place while fleeing communal riots in Gujarat.

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: The Supreme Court is expected to deliver a verdict today on the Bilkis Bano case, which involves petitions challenging the remission granted to 11 convicts. The case filed against 11 convicts during 2002 Gujarat riots, that broke out after the Godhra train-burning incident, involved convictions on charges on gangrape of Bilkis Bano and murder of seven of her family members.

The gangrape victim Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five months pregnant when the incident took place while fleeing communal riots. All 11 convicts who were involved in murder of Bilkis Bano's daughter as well as 6 other family members were granted remission by the Gujarat government and were released on August 15, 2022. 

In September, the top court had questioned whether the convicts have a fundamental right to seek remission and the opportunity to reform and reintegrate with society should extend to such convicts.

Earlier on October 12, a bench of Justices B V Nagarathna and Ujjal Bhuyan reserved its verdict over the petitions filed by Bilkis Bano. However, the top court had directed the Centre and the Gujarat government to submit the original records related to the remission of sentence while reserving the judgement by October 16.

The petition filed by Bilkis Bano contested the remission granted to the convicts by the Gujarat government over which the top court pointed out that state governments should not be selective in granting remission. A number of PILs challenged the relief given to convicts including the one by CPI(M) leader Subhashini Ali, TMC leader Mahua Moitra, independent journalist Revati Laul and former vice-chancellor of Lucknow University Roop Rekha Verma.

08 Jan 2024, 09:21:01 PM IST

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: I wept tears of relief, says Bilkis Bano after SC order

In a statement to the Indian Express, through her advocate, Bilkis Bano said, "I have wept tears of relief. I smiled for the first time in over a year and half. I have hugged my children. It feels like a stone the size of a mountain has been lifted from my chest, and I can breathe again."

"This is what justice feels like. I thank the honourable Supreme Court of India for giving me, my children and women everywhere, this vindication and hope in the promise of equal justice for all," she was quoted by the report as saying.

08 Jan 2024, 08:46:06 PM IST

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: Retired Justice UD Salvi says purpose of giving the punishment depends upon...

Retired Justice UD Salvi said the purpose of giving the punishment depends upon several factors, chiefly the way in which the crime has been inflicted, the condition of the accused, the victim on whom the crime has been forced, and lastly, what the impact (of judgment) would be on the public.

"The remission is an effect of the understanding that the person (convict) has reformed. In this case, it is very difficult to say that there has been any reformation," Retired Justice UD Salvi told PTI.

08 Jan 2024, 07:13:35 PM IST

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: 'What SC said about Gujarat govt is something extremely serious'

TMC leader Shashi Panja on Supreme Court verdict in Bilkis Bano case said, "The Supreme Court has said that the Gujarat government was complicit and acted in tandem with the convicts. Nothing can be so grievous. What the Supreme Court has said about the Gujarat government is something extremely serious because what they did was illegal."

08 Jan 2024, 05:03:22 PM IST

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: Advocate Vrinda Grover welcomes SC verdict

Advocate Vrinda Grover hailed the Supreme Court's decision directing 11 convicts in Bilkis Bano case to surrender before jail authorities within two weeks. She said, "It is a very good judgement which has upheld the Rule of Law and the faith of the people of this country, particularly the women, in the legal system, the courts, and that there is an assurance for justice."

08 Jan 2024, 04:06:56 PM IST

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi accuses BJP of 'helping rapists of Bilkis Bano'

08 Jan 2024, 03:02:44 PM IST

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: DK Shivakumar says it is the law of the country that prevails

"One has to accept the decision that the court gives. Let any politician or government not interfere. Ultimately, it is the law of the country that prevails," said Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar while reacting to the Supreme Court's decision in the Bilkis Bano case.

08 Jan 2024, 02:25:12 PM IST

Witness welcomes Supreme Court judgement says, ‘we have received justice today’

Bilkis Bano case Live: Bilkis Bano case witness on Monday hailed the Supreme Court judgement and said, “I am one of the witnesses in the case. These 11 convicts were handed the punishment by a Maharashtra court. The Gujarat government's decision to release them was wrong. That is why we challenged it in court."

One of the witnesses in the case currently living in Devgadh Baria town, Abdul Razaq Mansuri said, "I am happy that the SC has quashed the Gujarat government's decision and asked the convicts to surrender. I feel that we have received justice today," Abdul Razaq Mansuri, one of the witnesses in the case currently living in Devgadh Baria town, told reporters.

08 Jan 2024, 02:00:51 PM IST

Timeline of key events in Bilkis Bano case

Bilkis Bano case Live

March 3, 2002: A violent mob attacks 21-year-old Bilkis Bano's family in Randhikpur village, gang-raping her and murdering seven family members.

December 2003: Supreme Court orders a CBI inquiry into Bilkis Bano's case.

January 21, 2008: A special court convicts 11 men, sentencing them to life imprisonment for rape and murder.

December 2016: Bombay HC reserves judgment on appeals by the 11 convicts.

May 2017: Bombay High Court upholds life sentences for the 11 convicts.

April 23, 2019: SC directs Gujarat government to pay 50 lakh compensation to Bilkis Bano.

May 13, 2022: SC instructs Gujarat government to consider a convict's plea for premature release under its 1992 policy.

August 15, 2022: As per Gujarat's remission policy, 11 convicts are released from Godhra sub-jail.

August 25, 2022: SC issues notice on PIL against convicts' premature release.

November 30, 2022: Bilkis Bano challenges Gujarat's remission decision.

December 17, 2022: SC rejects Bilkis Bano's plea for a review of its May 13, 2022 verdict.

March 27, 2023: SC issues notice on Bilkis Bano's plea against remission.

August 7, 2023: SC begins final hearing on petitions challenging remission decision.

October 12, 2023: SC reserves verdict after an 11-day hearing.

January 8, 2024: SC nullifies remission for 11 convicts, citing "stereotyped" orders, directs convicts to surrender within two weeks.

08 Jan 2024, 01:19:30 PM IST

Gujarat High Court senior lawyer says, rules do not allow the government to remit sentence to convicts of heinous crimes

Bilkis Bano case Live: The senior lawyer of the Gujarat High Court, Yagnik said, “In the first place, the rules which are applicable for remission do not allow the government to remit sentence to those convicts who are responsible for rape, murder and such heinous crimes."

Yagnik added. “Even if it was up to the Maharashtra government, it cannot grant remission...The judgment shows that the rule of law is maintained."

08 Jan 2024, 12:48:07 PM IST

Congress lashes out at Gujarat government says, ‘It appears to work to save the culprits rather than…’

Bilkis Bano case Live: Gujarat Congress spokesperson, Manish Doshi said, “It appears to work to save the culprits rather than get justice for victims, and this is very well proved by the Supreme Court's judgement."

Manish Doshi attacking the government said there have been many such cases where the government has shielded the criminals rather than protect the victims.

Manish Doshi added, "It is very unfortunate for the society, and people should ensure that the government runs as per the law. The government has failed to ensure justice for the victim of such a heinous crime," Doshi said.

08 Jan 2024, 12:19:25 PM IST

‘We strike down the remission orders on the ground of usurpation of power,’ says Supreme Court

Bilkis Bano case Live: Supreme Court said this is a classic case where the order of this court was used to violate the rule of law by granting remission. The bench comprising of Justices B V Nagarathna and Ujjal Bhuyan further stated, "We strike down the remission orders on the ground of usurpation of power by Gujarat government." .

08 Jan 2024, 12:02:01 PM IST

Supreme Court says, ‘Rule of law is breached’

Bilkis Bano case Live: While pronouncing judgement, the Supreme Court bench said, "We need not have gone into the other issues. But for sake of completion, we have. Rule of law is breached because the Gujarat government usurped power not vested in it and abused its power. On that ground also, the remission orders deserve to be quashed." 

08 Jan 2024, 11:38:35 AM IST

Supreme Court sends all 11 convicts back to jail, accuses Gujarat government of suppressing material facts

Bilkis Bano case Live: Supreme Court court said that the judgement of May 13, 2022 was obtained by "playing fraud" on the court and by suppressing material facts. The 2022 order directed Gujarat government to consider remission of convict. The Gujarat government had defended the remission granted to convicts in its affidavit. The affidavit stated that they completed 14 years of sentence in prison and their "behaviour was found to be good".

08 Jan 2024, 11:28:38 AM IST

Supreme Court says, 'May 13, 2022 order was obtained by playing ‘fraud on court’

Bilkis Bano case Live: Supreme Court holds its May 13, 2022 order of another bench on remission of convicts was obtained by playing 'fraud on court'.

08 Jan 2024, 11:25:02 AM IST

Justice Justice Nagarathna says, ‘Govt of State of Gujarat had no competence to entertain the applications’

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: Supreme Court bench of Justices B V Nagarathna and Ujjal Bhuyan delivered verdict today on Bilkis Bano's plea over remission of 11 convicts. Justice Justice Nagarathna said, “Decision rendered in ignorance of statute or binding precedents is per incuriam."

Justice Nagarathna added, "We hold : (1) Govt of State of Gujarat had no competence to entertain the applications for remission or pass orders thereon.

(2) This Court's order dated 13.05.2022 obtained by fraud a nullity. All proceedings taken in furtherance of the judgment are also vitiated and a nullity in law."

08 Jan 2024, 11:19:03 AM IST

Supreme Court says Gujarat government did not have jurisdiction to decide remission

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: Supreme Court said that Gujarat government did not have jurisdiction to decide the remission. Supreme Court said that Maharashtra government was the appropriate government to consider remission as it was the state where trial took place. 

08 Jan 2024, 11:15:57 AM IST

Supreme Court charges at Gujarat government says, August 2022 orders passed with no application of mind

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: Supreme Court charged at the Gujarat government for passing remission orders in August 2022. The apex court reprimanded Gujarat government for passing orders in a cyclostyled manner, with no application of mind.

08 Jan 2024, 11:03:05 AM IST

Supreme Court says Gujarat government was not the appropriate government to pass the remission order

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: Supreme Court bench of Justices B V Nagarathna and Ujjal Bhuyan said the Gujarat government was not the appropriate government to pass the remission order while holding the PIL challenging the remission as maintainable.

08 Jan 2024, 10:54:52 AM IST

Supreme Court holds that plea challenging early release of convicts is maintainable

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: Supreme Court holds that the Gujarat government was not competent to grant remission to 11 convicts sentenced to life term for the gangrape of Bilkis Bano & killing her family members during the 2002 Gujarat communal riots.

The writ petition (in which direction to Gujarat Govt to consider remission) was filed by the convict by suppressing relevant facts, he also made misleading statements. The earlier judgment of Bombay HC, opinion of presiding judge were not revealed.

08 Jan 2024, 10:27:35 AM IST

A look back at Bilkis Bano case

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: The Bilkis Bano trial case was transferred from Gujarat to Mumbai and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigated the case. A special court in Mumbai sentenced the 11 convicts to life imprisonment in 2008. In 2017, division bench of the Bombay high court upheld this decision.

08 Jan 2024, 09:54:51 AM IST

When did communal riots in Gujarat take place?

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: In Gujarat, communal riots broke out in the year 2002 on February 27 after Sabarmati Express caught fire. In this incident 59 karsevaks including 7 family members of Bilkis Bano. Bano was 21 years old and five months' pregnant when she was gang-raped while fleeing the riots and also lost her three-year-old daughter.

08 Jan 2024, 09:29:57 AM IST

Gujarat government additional solicitor says, the convicts had be considered under the 1992 policy

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: Additional Solicitor General SV Raju on behalf of the Gujarat government had said the convicts had be considered under the 1992 policy since they were convicted in 2008.

08 Jan 2024, 08:56:57 AM IST

Here's what Supreme Court said over early release of convicts

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: During the hearing, Supreme Court said, "The convicts' death penalty was commuted to life imprisonment. How could they be released after serving 14 years in such a situation? Why are other prisoners not given the relief of release?" The top court said that the Gujarat government is on "thin ice" over the early release of convicts.

08 Jan 2024, 08:41:30 AM IST

How did Gujarat government release the convicts?

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: The Gujarat government released the convicts on the basis of a 1992 remission policy. This policy has been superseded by a law in 2014 which deters releases in cases of capital offence.

08 Jan 2024, 08:21:24 AM IST

Bilkis Bano says was not informed about the release of convicts

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: The convicts were released on Independence Day in 2022 that led to widespread criticism and anger from the Opposition. Gujarat government with the help of an obsolete law released the convicts. Bilkis Bano said that she was was not informed about the release of the convicts.

08 Jan 2024, 07:38:03 AM IST

Supreme Court directs Centre and the Gujarat government to submit records

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: Supreme Court bench on October 12 directed the Centre and the Gujarat government to submit records by October 16. The bench stated, "In the circumstances, learned counsel is directed to furnish the original records as well as the English translation to the Court on Monday. The respondent – Union of India also to submit the original records on Monday. Judgment reserved." 

08 Jan 2024, 07:09:37 AM IST

Supreme Court reserves order over pleas challenging relief to convicts

Bilkis Bano case Live Updates: On October 12, bench of Justices B V Nagarathna and Ujjal Bhuyan reserved its order over the pleas that challenged the remission granted to the convicts, following 11-day hearing that began in August.

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