STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam calls Gulbarg riots verdict 'reasonable'

Nikam said the court dropping charges of criminal conspiracy means the attack was on the spur of moment and not a planned one.

Published: 02nd June 2016 03:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2016 03:40 PM   |  A+A-

By ANI

MUMBAI: Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Thursday said the judgement in the Gulbarg society communal riots is reasonable, adding the prosecution could not prove the charge of criminal conspiracy.

Nikam said the court dropping charges of criminal conspiracy means the attack was on the spur of moment and not a planned one.

“I think this is a correct judgement. But the only thing is that the charge of the criminal conspiracy was not proved. Obviously it means the attack was on the spur of moment. It was not a planned attack. The judgement, in all our liking, is a reasonable judgement,” Nikam told ANI.

“It obviously means that the prosecution could not prove the charge of criminal conspiracy. The acts of six accused will now be considered as the charge for murder is already being proved against them. Now, whether it would be considered as the rarest of the rare or not, it would be decided on that day. In riot cases, normally it is very difficult to prove the charge,” he added.

A special SIT court in, Gujarat, Ahmedabad, earlier in the day convicted 24 of the 66 accused in the 2002 post-Godhra Gulberg society riots case, which left 69 people including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri dead.

Special Court Judge P.B. Desai also acquitted 36 others, including sitting BJP corporator Bipin Patel, and also dropped the conspiracy charge against all accused.

The court said there is no evidence of criminal conspiracy in the case, while dropping Section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Out of the 66 accused, six had died during the trial. Of the 24 convicted today, 11 have been charged with murder, while 13 others have been convicted for lesser offences.

The 24 convicted includes VHP leader Atul Vaidya. The quantum of punishment for those convicted in the case will be delivered on June 6.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp