Friday, August 26, 2011

Explain delay in filing appeals, HC tells govt

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat high court on Friday issued notice to the state government seeking explanation on why its appeal in the Godhra carnage case should not be rejected on the ground of delay in filing. A division bench has sought reply from the state as well as the SC-appointed special investigation team (SIT) in this regard by September 14.
The government has sought enhancement in sentence awarded to 20 persons, and challenged acquittal of 63 persons in an order passed by special court earlier this year. The authorities are expected to file such appeals within a fixed period, but the SIT took a little longer to challenge the lower court’s decision.
Meanwhile, the bench has admitted appeals filed by some of the convicts against their conviction of life imprisonment, as well as, death sentence. In case of some of the appeals filed by the convicts, the court granted them time till September 12 to remove the office objections in their appeals. Some of the appeals filed by the kin of victims demanding more severe punishment for convicts and questioning the acquittal of the 63 persons have also been admitted, said special public prosecutor J M Panchal.

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