Bilkis Bano case: Rethink decision to release 11, says judge who convicted them
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THE “LAW must carry justice with it”, said Justice U D Salvi (retd) on Tuesday while responding to the point that the remission granted to 11 men convicted for the gang-rape of Bilkis Bano and the murder of her family members during the 2002 Gujarat riots was done as per law.
Justice Salvi also said that the convicts accepting felicitations from local leaders after their release showed that there likely was no reformation in them.
Eleven convicts were released last week after a Gujarat government panel approved their application for remission of their life sentence. Justice Salvi had presided over their trial and delivered his judgment in 2008, convicting the 11 men.