Godhra case: Gujarat HC commutes death sentence on 11 to life imprisonment

  • Godhra case: Gujarat HC commutes death sentence on 11 to life imprisonment

Godhra case: Gujarat HC commutes death sentence on 11 to life imprisonment

The SIT court convicted 31 people and acquitted 63.

The 11 men, all Muslims, will instead face life in jail for causing the fire that killed 59 Hindu passengers and set off some of the worst religious violence to hit independent India.

They persons had appealed to the high court for leniency in their sentencing.

The case was heard by the HC bench led by Justice A S Dave and Justice G R Udhwani after the state government, along with other petitioners, challenged the order of Special SIT Court in December 2011, which acquitted 63 accused, while convicting 31.

The Gujarat High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts in the case of the burning of the Sabarmati Express in Godhra in 2002, which triggered massive communal riots across the state, to life imprisonment.

Submission on the appeal began on March 5, 2014 and was argued for over a year.

Coach S6 of Ahmedabad-bound Sabarmati Express is burnt by a mob, 50 people are killed. As the train started leaving the station, someone pulled the chains just outside the railway station. February 23, 2003 Two petrol pump workers Prabhatsinh Patel and Ranjitsinh Patel claimed that they had sold 140 liters of petrol to six Mislims.

Nearly one year after this, Jabir Binyamin Behra, in a confession to the Gujarat Police, reveals that conspiracy was hatched at Aman Guest House in Godhra on February 26, 2002.

However, Kurkur and Kalota with 29 others were convicted for hatching conspiracy and for murder.

Special judge PR Patel, considering the actions of the other 11 as "rarest of rare", had pronounced death penalty.

February 2011: The first part of judgment of conviction is announced on February 22 and quantum of punishment on February 25.