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SC directs Gujarat government to pay Bilkis Bano compensation within two weeks

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Gujarat government, told the three-judge bench that the compensation of  ₹50 lakh was not provided in the victim compensation scheme of Gujarat (Photo: Mint)Premium
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Gujarat government, told the three-judge bench that the compensation of 50 lakh was not provided in the victim compensation scheme of Gujarat (Photo: Mint)

  • The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the Gujarat government to provide a job and arrange accommodation of choice to Bilkis Bano
  • The bench asked the state government as to why it had not implemented the directions given by the apex court vide its 23 April’s order

NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Gujarat government to pay a compensation of 50 lakh to riot victim Bilkis Bano within two weeks. The court also rebuked the government for not complying with its 23 April order.

The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the Gujarat government to provide a job and arrange accommodation of choice to Bilkis Bano, who was gang raped when she was five months pregnant during the 2002 riots in the state.

The bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, asked the state government as to why it had not implemented the directions given by the apex court vide its 23 April’s order.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Gujarat government, told the three-judge bench that the compensation of 50 lakh was not provided in the victim compensation scheme of Gujarat. He also said they would file a plea seeking review of the top court's April order. Mehta sought four weeks time to give the compensation.

"Should we note in the order that the compensation has been ordered keeping in view the peculiar facts of the case," the apex court bench observed while asking the state government to comply with its order and give the compensation, job and accommodation to Bilkis within two weeks.

Later, Mehta gave an undertaking in the court that the compensation, job and accommodation would be given to her within two weeks.

"Let us see what the state government does now. It has to comply within 15 days or it will amount to contempt of court. All we know is that Bilkis suffered a lot in last 17 years, but never gave up the fight," Yakoob Rasool told PTI over phone from Dahod on Monday.

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