Bilkis Bano Case: Supreme court rejects request to review its earlier order

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Bilkis Bano Case: Supreme court rejects request to review its earlier order
Bilkis Bano Case: Supreme court rejects request to review its earlier order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has rejected a plea filed by Bilkis Bano, seeking a review of its earlier order by which it had asked the Gujarat government to consider the petitions for remission of sentences of 11 convicts in the gang-rape case.

Bilkis Bano was gang-raped and seven members of her family were killed during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

According to procedures, review pleas against top court judgments are decided in chambers by circulation by the judges who were part of the judgment under review.

The review plea came up for in-chamber consideration on December 13 before a bench of justices Ajay Rastogi and Vikram Nath.

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“I am directed to inform you that the review petition above mentioned filed in Supreme Court was dismissed by the court on December 13, 2022,” read a communication sent to Bilkis Bano’s counsel Shobha Gupta by the top court’s assistant registrar.

The gang-rape survivor had sought a review of the top court’s May 13 order on a plea moved by a convict.

The top court had asked the state government to consider the plea for a premature release of the convicts in terms of its policy of July 9, 1992 about deciding a remission petition within a period of two months.

All 11 convicts were granted remission by the Gujarat government and released on August 15.

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