The Gujarat High Court will likely pronounce the verdict on a set of appeals filed by the SIT court in the 2002 Godhra train coach burning case.
The Gujarat High Court will likely pronounce the verdict on a set of appeals filed by the SIT court in the 2002 Godhra train coach burning case. Coach S-6 of Sabarmati Express was set ablaze in which 59 people, mostly ”kar sevaks” were returning to Ayodhya. The tragic incident took place on February 27, 2002 at the Godhra station which triggered riots across the state. According to PTI, the special SIT court had on March 1, 2011 convicted 31 people and acquitted 63 in the case. 11 people were sentenced to death while 20 were given life term in jail.
Later, several appeals were filed in the High Court challenging the conviction, while the state government had questioned the acquittal of 63 people. The court had convicted 31 people while accepting the prosecution’s contention that there was a conspiracy behind the incident. All the 31 were convicted under IPC sections related to murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy.
Those who were convicted of the crime included the prime accused Maulana Umarji, the then president of Godhra Municipality Mohammad Hussain Kalota, Mohammad Ansari and Nanumiya Chaudhary of Gangapur, Uttar Pradesh.The Nanavati Commission, appointed by the Gujarat government to probe the carnage. It was concluded that the fire in coach S-6 was not by accident but it was set ablaze.
(With Agency Inputs)