Haren Pandya murder: SC upholds conviction of 10 culprits

The Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of 10 men in the March 2003 murder of former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya.

Published: 22nd November 2019 12:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd November 2019 12:12 PM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court

Supreme Court (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of 10 men in the March 2003 murder of former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya.

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Vineet Saran dismissed the review petitions filed by 10 of 12 convicts in the case. “We have perused the Review Petitions and record of the appeals and are convinced that the order, of which review has been sought, does not suffer from any error apparent warranting its reconsideration. The Review Petitions are, accordingly, dismissed,” the bench held.

The review petitions did not mention any error apparent on the face of record in its judgment, the bench said.

In July 5, the apex court had sentenced nine out of 12 convicts to life imprisonment after setting aside their acquittal by the Gujarat High Court. Others were sentenced to varying jail terms as was awarded by a POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) court in 2007.

Pandya, who was a minister in the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat, was shot dead on March 26, 2003, in Ahmedabad while he was out on a morning walk.  According to the Central Bureau of Investigation, Pandya was killed to avenge the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat.

“We restore the conviction and sentence imposed by the trial court on Mohmed Asgar Ali, Kalim Ahmed, Anas Machiswala, Mohmed Yunus Sareshwala, Rehan Puthawala, Mohmed Riyaz alias Goru, Mohmed Parvez Sheikh, Parvez Khan Pathan and A’11 Mohmed Faruq under POTA and IPC as ordered by the trial court,” the apex court had said in its July 5 verdict.


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 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 are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of 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. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp