Bilkis Bano had filed a review petition against the SC decision in which the court had said that even though the trial of the case was held outside Gujarat in Maharashtra, the Gujarat government has the right to decide in the matter of premature release of the convicts .
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed the petition of Bilkis Bano. The petition challenged the early release of 11 people convicted by Bilkis Bano for gang-raping her and killing her family members in 2002. In the petition filed by Bilkis Bano in the Supreme Court, it was said that the entire trial of this case has been conducted in Maharashtra and under the release policy there, such heinous crimes cannot be released before 28 years. Whereas in May 2022, Justice Ajay Rastogi, while hearing a petition, said that the Gujarat government may consider releasing the convicts under the 1992 release policy.
11 convicts were released on August 15
11 people convicted in the case in 2008 were released from Godhra sub-jail on August 15, 2022. The Gujarat government had allowed his release under its immunity policy. There was a lot of ruckus after the release of the convicts, after which a petition was filed in the court against their release.
Life sentence in gangrape-murder case
A special CBI court in Mumbai had on January 21, 2008 sentenced all the 11 convicts to life imprisonment for the gangrape and murder of seven members of Bilkis Bano's family. This decision was also upheld by the Bombay High Court.
Significantly, during the 2002 riots in Gujarat, Bilkis Bano was gangraped when she was 21 years old and she was five months pregnant. His three-year-old daughter was among the seven family members killed.