Earlier, the apex court sought exemplary compensation from the Gujarat government when Bilkis Bano refused to accept Gujarat Government’s offer of Rs 5 lakh.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna asked the Gujarat government to complete the disciplinary action within two weeks against the erring officials, , including an IPS officer, convicted by the Bombay High Court.
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The bench said “it will hear on April 23 Ms. Bano’s plea seeking enhanced compensation”.
In May 2017, the High Court convicted seven people including five policemen and two doctors under section 218 (not performing their duties) and section 201 (tampering of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Therefore, the Supreme Court on July 10, 2017, dismissed the appeals of two doctors and four policemen including an IPS officer.
“You all have been unreasonably acquitted by the trial court in the case despite there being clear-cut evidence against you,” the court said while dismissing the appeals.
Advocate Shobha Gupta, appearing for Bilkis Bano case, said “no action has been taken by the state government against the erring officials, who were convicted by the high court”.
Gupta said Bano is leading almost a nomadic life after being subjected to horrible crime and therefore exemplary compensation should be granted.
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Five months pregnant Bilkis Bano was gang-raped while six other members of her family managed to escape from the mob. The trial for this case initially began in Ahmedabad. However, after Bano expressed anxieties that the witnesses could be harmed and the CBI evidence tampered with, the apex court transferred the case to Mumbai in August 2004.
A special court on January 21, 2008 convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment 11 men for raping Ms. Bano and murdering seven of her family members during anti Muslim Godhra riots, while releasing seven persons including the policemen and doctors.
According to the prosecution, on March 3, 2002 Bilkis Bano’s family was attacked by a mob at Randhikpur village near Ahmedabad during the post-Godhra riots and seven members of her family were killed.