HC to hear appeals of Godhra carnage from Feb 18

Godhra carnageThe Gujarat High court will conduct from February 18 a day-to-day hearing on appeals in the case of burning the S-6 coach of Sabarmati Express on February 2002, near Godhra station in which 59 karsevaks were killed.

Justice Anant Dave of the Gujarat High Court will hear appeals of 31 convicts of the case.

On February 22, 2011, special trial court judge P R Patel had convicted 31 people for murder and criminal conspiracy to burn alive 59 karsevaks in the Godhra train carnage case.

Eleven people were given death sentence while 20 others were awarded life imprisonment.

The special trial court had also acquitted 63 people.

Gujarat government, which had filed the appeal after three years, sought death sentence for 20 people who were awarded life terms.

The kin of the victims had also sought the death sentence for all convicts who had challenged the verdict of the special trial court.

Earlier, the convicts had made representations to acting Chief Justice V M Sahai that their appeals should be conducted before a High Court bench which does not comprise Justice Sonia Gokani.

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