Bilkis Bano case: one convict challenges petitions against remission

Radheyshyam Bhagwandas Shah questions the locus standi of third parties opposing remission

September 24, 2022 10:26 pm | Updated 10:26 pm IST - NEW DELHI

Members of various organisations holding a placard during a protest against remission of the sentence given to the convicts of Bilkis Bano’s case by Gujarat government, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on August 27, 2022.

Members of various organisations holding a placard during a protest against remission of the sentence given to the convicts of Bilkis Bano’s case by Gujarat government, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on August 27, 2022. | Photo Credit: SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

One of the 11 life convicts released in the Bilkis Bano gangrape case has challenged the petitions filed in the Supreme Court against their remission as the “grossest abuse” of law.

Radheyshyam Bhagwandas Shah was one of the 11 convicts undergoing life sentence in the Bilkis case and prematurely released by the Gujarat government in August.

The State’s decision and release amid much fanfare had triggered a furious public debate, which also saw several prominent citizens file writ petitions in the Supreme Court to cancel the remission order.

Now, Shah alias Lala Vakil has filed a counter affidavit in the apex court, questioning the locus standi of these “third parties”.

He said the petitioners plead they do not have a copy of the remission order, yet they challenge it without ascertaining the reasons for grant of remission.

Shah said the writ petitions were “speculative” and did state a single ground in favour of quashing the remission order.

His response came in a petition filed by CPI(M) leader Subhashini Ali, independent journalist and filmmaker Revati Laul and former philosophy professor and activist Roop Rekh Varma against the convicts’ release on August 5.

Top News Today

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.