On The Release Of The Convicts, The Gujarat Government Said – The Guidelines Of The Center Were Not Violated | Biklis Bano Case: On the release of the convicts, the Gujarat government said

Gujarat Riots: All 11 life imprisonment convicts in the Bilkis...

Gujarat Riots: All 11 life imprisonment convicts in the Bilkis Bano case of 2002 Gujarat riots have been released under the amnesty policy prevalent in Gujarat at the time of their conviction in 2008. . A top official gave this information on Tuesday and dismissed the claims of violation of the guidelines of the Central Government in the matter. The statement of a senior official of the Gujarat government’s home department comes in the light of the opposition’s claims that a pregnant Bilkis Bano was gang-raped and seven other members of her family murdered after the Godhra riots. In this case, the pardon to the convicts who are serving life imprisonment is in violation of the guidelines of the Centre.

In June this year, the central government had issued special guidelines to the states regarding the release of prisoners in view of the celebration of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. There was no provision for premature release for the convicts of rape. However, according to Rajkumar, Additional Chief Secretary, Gujarat’s Home Department, the Supreme Court had asked the government to consider the premature release of these 11 convicts as part of the state’s amnesty policy, which was in force when the trial court ruled. He was convicted in the case.

Released under the amnesty policy of the Gujarat government
Kumar told the media, ‘These 11 people were convicted by a special court in Mumbai in 2008. During the conviction of these people, the system of amnesty policy was in force in Gujarat, which came into effect in 1992. When the matter reached the Supreme Court, the apex court directed us to take a decision regarding his release as per the 1992 policy, as it was prevalent in the state in 2008 when he was convicted.

This amnesty policy came in 1992
The senior bureaucrat told that the new and revised amnesty policy came into effect in 2014 in Gujarat, which is still in effect. He said that there are detailed guidelines about the categories of convicts, who can be given relief and who cannot. The Indian Administrative Service officer said, “Since the conviction took place in 2008, the Supreme Court directed us to consider the matter under the condonation policy of 1992, which was in force in 2008. In that policy specifically It was not clear who could be pardoned and who could not. It was not as detailed as compared to the policy that came in 2014.”

Home Ministry gave the reason
He said that the guidelines issued by the Central Government regarding premature release on the occasion of Amrit Mahotsav of Azadi are not applicable in the Bilkis Bano case, as the apex court The Supreme Court had directed the state government to keep in mind the 1992 policy. The central government has recently started a scheme, which is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to celebrate the Amrit Festival of Independence. As per the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs, arrangements have been made to release such women and third gender (transgender), men above 60 years of age and physically challenged prisoners who have served more than half of their total sentence. Is.

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