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SC convicts 12 people in Haren Pandya murder case

  • Supreme Court sets aside the Gujarat HC decision by which the accused were discharged of the murder charge
  • The former Gujarat home minister was shot dead on March 26, 2003 in Ahmedabad

Supreme Court on Friday convicted 12 people involved in the murder of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003. The top court allowed the appeals of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Gujarat government challenging the order of the high court which had acquitted the convicts of murder charges.

The trial court had convicted the accused persons for the offence of murder and sentenced them to life imprisonment.

The Supreme Court division bench, comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Vineet Saran, also dismissed a petition filed by NGO "Centre for Public Interest Litigation" seeking a court-monitored fresh probe in the murder case. It also imposed a fine of 50,000 on the NGO and said no further petition would be entertained in the case.

Pandya, who was shot dead on March 26, 2003 in Ahmedabad, was the home minister in the then Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government.

The case was earlier being investigated by the Gujarat police but was later on handed over to the central probe agency.

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