SC assures Bilkis Bano of early hearing in remission case

SC assures Bilkis Bano of early hearing in remission case

A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala assured Bilkis Bano that a new bench will be formed at the earliest against the remission of the sentence of 11 convicts in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Bano’s lawyer Shobha Gupta mentioned the matter for urgent hearing and said a new bench needs to be constituted by the Chief Justice of
India as Justice Bela M Trivedi recused from hearing the plea. “I will do so at the earliest. The matter will be listed soon,” Chief Justice Chandrachud said.

The hearing on Bano’s plea challenging the remission of sentence of 11 convicts in the gangrape case by the Gujarat government could not be held in the top court on January 24 as the judges concerned were hearing a matter related to passive euthanasia as part of a 5-judge Constitution bench.

The victim, in her pending writ petition, has contended that the state government had passed a "mechanical order" completely ignoring the
requirement of law as laid down by the Supreme Court.

“The en masse premature release of the convicts in the much talked about case of Bilkis Bano has shaken the conscience of the society and
resulted in a number of agitations across the country,” she has said in the plea.

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