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Godhra train burning case: Supreme Court grants bail to convict



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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday granted bail to a convict serving a life sentence in the 2002 Godhra train burning case. The court granted bail noting that he has been in jail for the last 17 years. A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice P S Narasimha took note of the argument of the counsel appearing for one of the convicts Farooq that he be granted bail considering the period so far. Let us tell you that the appeal against the sentence of many convicts in this case is pending in the apex court.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Gujarat government, said it was the most heinous crime in which 59 people, including women and children, were burnt alive. The appeal of the convicts needs to be heard at the earliest. Farooq and several others were convicted for pelting stones at the Sabarmati Express coach. Tushar Mehta said that usually throwing stones is a crime of a minor nature. However, in the present case, the coach of the train was bolted and stones were hurled to ensure that passengers could not come out and besides, stones were also thrown at the fire tender.

On February 27, 2002, a fire broke out in the S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express in Godhra, killing 59 people, triggering riots in the state.

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