Post Godhra riots: Verdict on 2002 Gulberg Society massacre likely on Thursday

Ahmedabad: A special SIT court is likely to pronounce its verdict on Thursday in connection with a 2002
post-Godhra riots case of Gulberg Society in which 69 persons including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri were killed.

Special Court Judge PB Desai will deliver the judgement over eight months after the trial concluded on 22 September, 2015.

Supreme Court of India. Reuters

The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the case, had directed the SIT court to give its verdict by 31 May. Reuters

The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the case, had directed the SIT court to give its verdict by 31 May. There are 66 accused named by the SIT in the case, of which nine are behind bars since 14 years, while others are out on bail.

One of the accused, Bipin Patel is a sitting BJP corporator from Asarva seat. He was also the corporator in
2002 when the massacre happened and won the election for the fourth consecutive term last year.

Last week, the court had turned down pleas moved by two accused — Narayan Tank and Babu Rathod — to conduct narco analysis and brain mapping tests on them to prove their innocence. The court maintained that it was not required when the verdict was imminent.

During the trial, riots victim's lawyer had argued that the massacre was a pre-planned criminal conspiracy
hatched by the accused to kill minority community members of the Gulberg Society.

The defence had refuted the conspiracy theory of prosecution and claimed that the mob resorted to violence only after slain Congress MP Eshan Jafri fired several rounds on them.

The Gulberg Society case is one of the nine cases of the 2002 Gujarat riots probed by the Supreme Court appointed SIT.

The incident had taken place a day after S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express was burnt near Godhra train station, where in 58 'karsevaks' were killed.


Updated Date: Jun 01, 2016 17:02 PM

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