The 2002 post-Godhra riots where 23 people were killed led to the arrest of 14 convicts who were later proved guilty and thereby granted life term punishment for their crime. They have been serving their term since it was implemented. But in a recent twist of the case, the honourable Supreme Court has granted bail to all 14 of them to keep a check on their activities.
CJI Bobde want to “experiment” with this decision
After delivering the decision of granting bail to the 14 convicts the chief justice of the highest court of India CJI S A Bobde said he wants to “experiment” by their decision. He said, “Let us experiment. We direct district legal services authorities to help them out in getting some work to earn a livelihood”. The convicts are divided into two groups based on the eyewitnesses who witnessed for them. The convicts with one eye witness are being shifted to Indore while the ones with two eye-witnesses are being shifted to Jabalpur, both these places are in Madhya Pradesh.
They are directed to finding jobs to earn a livelihood
The CJI and the other justices also commanded that they cannot leave the respective districts without prior information and that they be allowed to find suitable jobs to afford their livelihood. He wants to check on their activities during the bail period after which their life term sentence can be shortened too! He also asked the convicts to work on improving their spiritual work and also to also invest time in social works as well. After watching and observing them closely, the SC would re-work on its decision again.
Bail bond too high
The bail bond of each of the convicts is Rs 25000 and thus the police department has been able to get a huge amount from all the 14 convicts based on this amount of the bail money. A different viewpoint suggests that if this is just a political agenda or money making policy then it is going to create more ruckus in the coming days. But if the decision is taken out of sheer protection of rights of the convicts and to give them a second chance to change themselves, then it is indeed a welcoming move by the Supreme Court. We can only wait and see how the “watch on the convicts” go on.
The Policy Times suggestion
- This move by the SC can be appreciated as everyone deserves a second chance to prove himself. If they notice good moral conduct in these convicts then their life term can be short-termed too!
- This might also be a political agenda as the government is keen on being the “hero” of the public eye. Thus, it must be seen that a second riot is not initiated after freeing these convicts.