SC refuses to stay conviction of IPS officer RS Bhagora : Bilkis Bano case


On Tuesday, The Supreme Court declined to allow remain on the conviction of an IPS officer in the 2002 Bilkis Bano case. A vacation bench of Justices A K Sikri and Deepak Gupta said that there was no urgency for hearing the matter as the convicted officer has already undergone the sentence. The apex court, however, listed the matter for hearing in the second week of July and observed that the fine is Rs 15,000 only.

Prior this month, IPS officer R S Bhagora, who is at present serving in Gujarat, was indicted alongside four other policemen by the Bombay High Court, which turned around the trial court decision that had absolved them in the Bilkis Bano case. Notwithstanding five policemen, two specialists were likewise sentenced by the High Court.

On May 5, the Bombay High Court had maintained the life detainment of 11 men sentenced for the gangrape of Bilkis Bano and murder of her relatives amid the 2002 Gujarat riots. A total of 18 individuals now stand indicted for the situation, which incorporates Gujarat cops and specialists of an administration healing facility, who were accused of stifling and messing with confirmation.

On March 3, 2002, Bano, who was then 19 years old and five months pregnant, was escaping mobs of rioters along with her family on a truck, days after the burning of the Sabarmati Express at Godhra station. The truck was attacked by an armed mob in Randhikpur village of Dahod district during which 14 members of her family were killed, including her daughter, mother Hali