November 30, 2022

Home Minister Amit Shah on the release of 11 accused in the Bilkis Bano case. Is the release of 11 accused of Bilkis due to the goodwill of the government? Amit Shah replied

Home Minister Amit Shah has answered the question of release of 11 accused in Bilkis Bano case. He said, this has been done under the law. Sentencing is the court’s job, not ours.

The issue of release of convicts is in the Supreme Court.

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Bilkis Bano case 11 accused were released in the case Gujarat Govt Along with that, questions are also raised about the central government. Union Home Minister Dr Amit Shah Answered He said, sentencing is the court’s job, not ours. It is a law. If sentenced to 14 years, they can be released on the basis of their behavior, this provision. Shah said this in a news channel event.

He was asked in this regard, when such serious charges against the criminals, how they got parole? Did the central government want to release him on parole? In response to this, Amit Shah said that it is not so. It is a law. If the court had given him a harsher sentence, he would have. The court sentenced him to 14 years, so that he could be released on the basis of his behavior. It is the court’s job to punish, not us.

The 11 convicts in the Bilkis gang-rape case were released from Godhra sub-jail on August 15 under the Gujarat government’s amnesty policy. The convicts have completed their 15-year sentences. The Supreme Court is also hearing against this decision. The plea filed against the decision to pardon the 11 accused will be heard on November 29. The case relates to the Gujarat riots in which seven members of Bilquis’ family were killed.

Home Ministry approves release: Gujarat Govt

The Gujarat government defended the Supreme Court’s decision to release the convicts in accordance with the amnesty policy of 1992, saying the convicts had completed more than 14 years in jail and were found to be of good conduct. The Gujarat government told the court that the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, through a letter dated July 11, 2022, had approved the premature release of the convicts.

11 were sentenced to life imprisonment

Bilkis Bano was 21 years old and five months pregnant when communal riots broke out in Gujarat after the Godhra train burning incident in 2002. During this time, she was gang-raped and seven members of her family, including a three-year-old daughter, were killed. On January 21, 2008, a special CBI court in Mumbai sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment for gang-raping Bilquis Bano and killing seven members of her family. His sentence was later upheld by the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court.

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