Ahemdabad: A special court delayed its judgment on the quantum of sentence for the 24 accused in the Gulberg Society case till tomorrow. During the hearing, the defence said that the eight witnesses have not been able to recognize the convicts and minimum punishment should be given.
The defence lawyer said that the convicted should be given a chance to reform as they do not have past criminal records. "The prosecution needs to prove if the accused will be a threat to society if they step out of jail," he added.
The prosecution has sought nothing less than death sentence or jail term till death for all the convicts while the defence lawyers contested that the incident was spontaneous and there were enough provocations for it.
Out of the 66 accused, six had died during the trial. Of the 24 convicted today, 11 have been charged with murder, while 13 others have been convicted for lesser offences.