Gulbarg Massacre Case: Judgement Date to be Announced on 13 June
More delay in the pronouncement of punishment for those accused in the Gulbarg massacre.
The hearing in the Gulbarga society massacre case was completed on Friday. The judgement date – when the quantum of the punishment will be announced – will be decided on Monday.
The Ahmedabad court started hearing arguments prior to sentencing on 6 June. The defence lawyer has appealed for a second chance for the convicts, on the grounds of a clean criminal record. Bhardwaj has also pleaded that eight of the witnesses could not identify the convicts, demanding minimum punishment.
Earlier, the court had adjourned the hearing till 9 June as two-and-a-half-hour arguments on quantum of sentence remained inconclusive on 6 June. The quantum of punishment remained unannounced on 9 and 10 June.
On 2 June, the trial court had found 24 persons guilty in the case involving brutal massacre of 69 persons including a former parliamentarian Ehsan Jafri on 28 February 2002.
- Special court pronounced its verdict in Gulbarg Society massacre case on 3 June.
- Of the 66 accused, 24 convicted, 36 acquitted, 6 died before verdict.
- Eleven of those convicted charged with murder; remaining 13 convicted of other charges.
- The court decrees no evidence of criminal conspiracy, drops Section 120 B of IPC.
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