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The convicts in the Sardarpura post- Godhra riots case have been granted bail by the Supreme Court. The 17 convicts of the 2002 case where in 33 Muslims were burnt alive have been granted bail and were asked to relocate to Madhya Pradesh and get indulged in community service.
The convicts have been divided into two groups and the the individuals in one group will have to move out of Gujarat and would have to stay at Indore in Madhya Pradesh where as, the other group of convicts would have to relocate themselves to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, said the bench which has been comprised of Chief Justice S A Bobde and the justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant.
The bench has said that the convicts could get themselves healed mentally by taking part in the seminars. The bench has also added saying that the convicts should not enter the state of Gujarat.
The bench that was led by Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde have found that the individuals that have been convicted on the basis of the testimonies of either one or two eyewitnesses.
The bench has acknowledged the submission that has been made by Ms. Sharma which states that these men have not committed any crime and were released on parole, furlough etc. It also says that they had also returned to the custody
An appeal has been made by the convicts who were handed down life sentence in the Sardarpura riots case against the Gujarat High Court order convicting them.
It has been said by the court that the community services will have to be undertaken by all the convicts for six hours a week besides they also have to report to the local police station on a weekly basis as the conditions of the bail read.
The District Legal Services Authorities at Indore and Jabalpur have been directed by the Supreme Court in order to ensure and observe that the conditions of the bail are being diligently followed by the convicts. The DLSA has also been directed by the Supreme Court in order to help the convicts in finding suitable employment for earning their livelihood.
The Supreme Court has directed the Madhya Pradesh State Legal Service Authority in order to file a report after a period of three months and to state whether or not the conditions have been compiled by the convicts.
The High court of Gujarat has earlier acquitted 14 and has convicted 17 in the Sardarpura post- Godhra riots case.
By Shrithika Kushangi