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Bilkis Bano moves Supreme Court against release of 11 convicts, CJI to look into


Bilkis Bano on Wednesday approached the Supreme Court challenging the remission of the 11 convicts who walked free on August 15 this year. Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said he will look into the plea after her lawyer mentioned the matter today before the CJI. The early release of the 11 convicts who were sentenced to life imprisonment in the 2002 gangrape case drew nationwide criticism and several petitions questioning the decision of the Gujarat government were filed in the top court. As the cases are being heard, Bilkis Bano’s lawyer on Wednesday filed a writ petition challenging the remission of the sentence.

The 11 men are conficted for the gang rape of Bilkis Bano and the murder of the seven of her family members during the 2002 riots.

As the Supreme Court heard the earlier petitions filed against the remission, the Gujarat government said the remission was granted to them because of their ‘good behaviour’.



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