New Delhi: The Supreme Court has granted bail to a life convict in the 2002 Godhra case. The court said that the convict Farooq has been in jail since 2004 and has been in jail for 17 years, so he should be released on bail from jail.
The apex court will hear the appeals of the remaining 17 convicts after the holidays. There is a case of stone-pelting against the culprit. During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Gujarat government, said, “It was not just stone pelting, it was a heinous crime because people were not allowed to get out of the burning train. Even at the last hearing.
The Gujarat government had opposed the release of the convicts in the Supreme Court. The Gujarat government had described the role of stone-pelters as serious.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that this is not just a case of stone-pelting, the victims could not get out of the burning compartment due to stone pelting.
The intention of the stone-pelters was that no passenger could get out of the burning compartment and no one from outside could go to save them.
On this, the Supreme Court had said that some of these convicts were stone pelters and they have spent a long time in jail. In such a situation, some can be released on bail. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had assured the court that he would probe the role of each convict and whether some people could be released on bail. The apex court had asked the Gujarat government to submit its report on December 15.