Bilkis Bano Case Live Updates: Bilkis Bano’s Rapists’ Release Cancelled: What Supreme Court Said

New Delhi:
The Supreme Court today overturned the Gujarat government’s decision to release the 11 convicts who raped Bilkis Bano and killed her family during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Here are the top observations from the Supreme Court verdict in Bilkis Bano case:

  1. Holding Bilkis Bano’s request challenging the remission as maintainable, a bench of Justices BV Nagarathna and Ujjal Bhuyan said the Gujarat government was not the appropriate government to pass the remission order.

  2. Gujarat government should have filed a plea seeking review of the 2022 order stating they aren’t the competent government.

  3. The Supreme Court said, “The rule of law must be preserved unmindful of the ripples of the consequences.”

  4. The court said that the victim’s rights are important and that women deserve respect.

  5. The bench said that Supreme Court order dated May 2022 was obtained through fraudulent means and suspension of facts.

  6. “By suppressing material facts and making misleading facts, a direction was sought by a convict to the state of Gujarat to consider remission. There was no direction from this court to the Gujarat government to consider remission. This is a fraud act,” the bench said.

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