New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted conditional bail to 17 convicts convicted in the 2002 rioting in Sardarpura after the Godhra incident. He was convicted by the Gujarat High Court and sentenced to life imprisonment. All the convicts had filed appeals in the apex court. In the incident, 33 people belonging to the minority community were burnt alive. The apex court, in its order, has asked them to go to Madhya Pradesh and do community service there.
During the hearing, the bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Suryakant divided the convicts into two groups and said that a group Will come out of Gujarat and stay in Indore of Madhya Pradesh. The other group of convicts will have to go to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. The Supreme Court said that under the terms of the bail, all the culprits will have to do six hours of community service every week. Apart from this, they have to appear in the local police station every week.
The court has directed the District Legal Services Officers (DLSA) in Indore and Jabalpur to ensure that the convicts strictly adhere to the conditions of bail. He also instructed DLSA to help find the right pathogen for the livelihood of the culprits. Also, the apex court has directed the Madhya Pradesh Legal Services Tribunal to file a report after three months in which it has to be told whether the culprits have complied with the conditions. Earlier, Gujarat High Court convicted 14 acquitted and 17 convicted in Sardarpur riots after Godhra incident.
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