Guj HC upholds sentences of 19 in Godhra riots case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2018 09:42:55




THE Gujarat High Court on Friday upheld the conviction of 19 people but acquitted three persons sentenced by a trial court in the 2002 Ode riot case where 23 members of a minority community were allegedly burnt alive during the Gujarat riots. On a set of appeals filed against the trial court order, a bench of justices Akil Kureshi and B N Karia upheld the life sentence of 14 convicts as well as the seven-year jail terms given to five others.

Three others, who were sentenced to life in prison by the SIT court, were acquitted by the bench. The convicts who were acquitted by the High Court are Dilip Patel, Lalji Patel and Natubhai Patel. The High Court also upheld the acquittal of 23 others. An SIT court had, in April 2012, sentenced a total of 23 people, out of 47 accused, in the case. Twenty-three members of a minority community, nine of them women and as many children, were allegedly burnt to death in a house in the Pirwali Bhagol area of Ode town of Anand district by a mob on March 1, 2002.