Gulbarg society: Quantum of sentence likely today

June 06, 2016 01:36 am | Updated December 03, 2021 10:47 am IST - Ahmedabad:

A special SIT court, which convicted 24 accused in the 2002 post-Godhra Gulbarg society massacre case, is expected to pronounce the quantum of sentence on Monday.

The prosecution is likely to seek capital punishment for the 11 convicted who were charged with murder, while the lawyer of victims may seek life imprisonment for them.

On June 2, Special Court Judge P.B. Desai convicted 24 of the 66 accused, including a VHP leader, in the Gulbarg society massacre, which left 69 people including former Congress MP Eshan Jafri dead.

Out of the total 66 accused, six had died during the trial. Of the 24 convicted, 11 have been charged with murder, while 13 others, including VHP leader Atul Vaidya, have been convicted for lesser offences.

While pronouncing the judgment, the court had said there was no evidence of criminal conspiracy in the case and dropped charges under section 120-B of the IPC.

Those acquitted include sitting BJP corporator Bipin Patel, the then police inspector of the area under which the Gulbarg Society was located, K G Erda, and former Congress corporator Meghsinh Chaudhari.

The Gulbarg Society case shook the nation when a mob set about attacking the society in the heart of Ahmedabad and killed the residents, including Jafri.

Gulbarg society massacre timeline

February 2002: During the Gujarat riots a Hindu mob attacked the Gulbarg society in Ahmedabad in which 69 people were killed. Among the deceased was former parliamentarian Ehsan Jafri. >Read more

November 2007: The Gujarat High Court dismissed a petition of Zakia Jafri, wife of the former Congress MP, Ehsan Jafri, seeking the court’s directive to the police to register a complaint against the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others for their alleged involvement in the Gulberg Society massacre. > Read more

March 2008: The Supreme Court directed the Gujarat government to set up a special investigation team (SIT) for a further probe into 14 Godhra and post-Godhra communal riots cases. The SIT was asked to investigate the incidents that occurred in Godhra, Sardarpura, Gulberg Society, Ode, Naroda Gaon, Naroda Patiya, Deepla Darwaza and the one involving British nationals. > Read more

August 2010: The Supreme Court permitted the Special Investigation Team to conduct further probe on the complaint by Zakia Jaffrey that Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others orchestrated the 2002 riots in Gujarat. > Read more

March 2010: The trial put on hold because of the resignation of the special prosecutor and his assistant. Both had alleged bias on the part of the trial judge and have also accused the SIT of not properly coordinating their efforts with them. > Read more

March 2011: Gujarat Deputy Inspector-General of Police Sanjiv Bhatt, who is claimed to have spilled the beans on Modi's alleged controversial orders to the police on the eve of the 2002 communal riots, appeared before the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team. > Read more

February 2012: The SIT in a “summary closure report” — says there was no “prosecutable evidence” against Mr. Modi, who was among 62 persons named in an omnibus complaint filed by Ms. Jafri and the Citizens for Justice and Peace. >Read more

March 2012: The Ahmedabad Metropolitan Court rejects Zakia Jafri's plea to making public the SIT report. > Read more

December 2013: Ahmedabad Metropolitan court rejects the petition of Zakia Jafri against the closure report of the Special Investigation Team giving a clean chit to the Gujarat Chief Minister in a case relating to the 2002 communal riots. > Read more

December 2013 : Reacting to an Ahmedabad trial court verdict, R.K. Raghavan, head of the Special Investigation Team appointed by the Supreme Court to go into Gujarat riots, says SIT’s stand has been vindicated. > Read more

November 2014 : The trial in the Gulbarg Society case, resumed following the Supreme Court’s directions to conclude it in three months. >Read more

November 2014: The Supreme Court asks the Sessions Court to complete the trial in the Gulbarg case, one of the nine cases connected to the 2002 post-Godhra riots, in three months. > Read more

August 6, 2015: Supreme Court grants three-month extension to Ahmedabad court to complete trial proceedings in the case. > Read more

June 2, 2016: A Special court convicted 24 persons and acquitted 36 persons. > Read more

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