Bilkis Bano Case: SC Agrees To Constitute Bench To Hear Plea Against Release Of 11 Convicts

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to constitute a bench to hear the plea of Bilkis Bano challenging the premature release of 11 convicts who gang-raped case and murdered her family during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud added that “I will have a bench constituted. Need to break two benches for it. Will look at it this evening.”

Bilkis Bano represented by lawyer Shobha Gupta mentioned the matter for urgent hearing and said that a new bench needs to be constituted.

Earlier also advocate Gupta mentioned the matter for urgent hearing and said that a new bench needs to be constituted by the CJI as Justice Bela M Trivedi recused from hearing the plea.

A bench of Justices Ajay Rastogi and Bela M Trivedi earlier had ordered that matter be listed before the bench which Justice Trivedi is not a part of as she had recused herself from hearing the case.

Besides filing a petition against the per-mature release of convicts, Bano had also filed a review petition seeking a review of its earlier order by which it had asked the Gujarat government to consider the plea for the remission of one of the convicts.

The review petition was dismissed. Some PILs were filed seeking directions to revoke the remission granted to 11 convicts.

(With Agency Inputs)

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