Bilkis Bano case: Activist Ajitha moves SC to join as party in plea againt release of convicts


B Balagopal | Mathrubhumi News

K Ajitha | Photo - Mathrubhumi archives

New Delhi: K Ajitha, activist and chief of the rights organisation Anweshi has approached the Supreme Court against the release of the 11 convicts in the controversial Bilkis Bano rape case.

Earlier, CPM leader Subhashini Ali had filed a plea against the remission granted to the convicts. Now, Ajitha has joined as a party in her plea.

Advocate Prashant Padhmanaban filed Ajitha’s application. In her application, the Kerala activist has pointed out that the absence of proper policy restricting remission to convicts in crimes against humanity led to the release of the convicts in Bilkis Bano case.

She has requested the apex court to hear her argument in the case. Indian judiciary is world renowned for upholding secularism and individual freedom, her application noted.

On August 15, all the 11 convicts sentenced to life imprisonment in the 2002 case of Bilkis Bano's gang rape and murder of her seven family members during the communal riots walked out of the Godhra sub-jail after the Gujarat government allowed their release under its remission policy.

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