2002 Godhra Train burning case: Gujarat High Court commuted death sentence to life imprisonment to 11 convicts
Today in Ahmedabad, in 2002 Godhra train coach burning case Gujarat High Court commuted the capital punishment of 11 convicts to life imprisonment. HC upheld all the convictions and refused to acquit anyone who was found guilty by a special SIT court in March 2011. S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express was burnt on February 27, 2002 in which 59 people were killed, mostly kar sevaks who were returning from Ayodhya. Out of 130 accused in the case, only 94 were put on trial. Finally 31 people were convicted of whom 20 were given life imprisonment. Special judge PR Patel, considering the actions of the other 11 as “rarest of rare,” catergory and had pronounced capital punishment. The accused were termea guilty under sections related to murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy under provisons of the Indian Penal Code. They persons had appealed to the high court for leniency in their sentencing. Acquittal was challenged A total of 63 people were acquitted in the case, including prime accused Maulana Umarji, the then president of Godhra.The other accused who were freed are Mohammad Hussain Kalota, Mohammad Ansari and Nanumiya Chaudhary. While several appeals were filed in the high court challenging the conviction, the Gujarat government also questioned the acquittal of 63 people. Gujarat government approached the court and requested for capital punishment for the 20 convicts who had been awarded life imprisonment in the case.
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Till now 11 convicts were granted with capital punishment and 20 others got life imprisonment.