The judgment in the Godhra train carnage case by the Special Court has been postponed to February 22.

According to official sources, the judgment, which was earlier scheduled on February 19, has been deferred by three days. The reason for the deferment was not immediately known.

The Special Court judge, P. R. Patel, is now expected to deliver the judgment in camera in the high security Sabarmati central jail in Ahmedabad on February 22, the sources said.

In view of the expected judgment, Collector of Panchamahals Millind Torwane, on Thursday imposed certain restrictions on the coverage of the event by the media, particularly the electronic media. The Collector had banned showing the footage of the scenes from the Godhra train carnage of February 27, 2002, while covering the judgment.

As many as 103 accused were being tried by the Special Court. While five of the accused have died while five others were still absconding.

The carnage had left 59 people, mostly the karsevaks of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, dead in the fire in S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express on the outskirts of the Godhra railway station.

Over 1,100 people were killed in the gory communal riots in different parts of Gujarat that followed the Godhra carnage.