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Supreme Court refuses urgent hearing to convicted Gujarat cop in Bilkis Bano case

May,30,2017:

Vacation Bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Deepak Gupta observed that there was “no urgency.”

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Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hold urgent hearing on a plea by the Gujarat Police Oficer Ramabhai Bhagora seeking stay of Bombay High Court order convicting him in Bilkis Bano Gangrape case that took place during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Apex Court Vacation Bench comprising of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Deepak Gupta said there was “no urgency” even as Bhagora’s counsel told Bench that his client had already undergone sentence and if conviction was not stayed, then he would lose his job.

Even as the Vacation Bench refused to stay the conviction, it also turned a deaf year to the counsel’s pleading for a notice to be issued to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which had investigated the case, on plea for the conviction.

The Bombay HC, while convicting Bhagora along with four other policemen and the two medicos on May 4, had sentenced them to jail sentence that they had already undergone and imposed a fine of Rs 15,000.

Rejecting CBI’s plea seeking death sentence for three of 11 convicts who were sentenced to the life imprisonment by trial court in the case, High Court had set aside acquittal of the five policemen and the two medicos on agency’s plea challenging their acquittal by trial court,2008.

Policemen were charged with the tampering of the evidence by fudging the documents and compromising inquest panchnama (diary).

Victim was 19 years old and pregnant when she was subjected to the horror.

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