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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

2002 Godhra case: A Timeline

PTI   February 22, 2011
First Published: 09:44 IST(22/2/2011) | Last Updated: 09:53 IST(22/2/2011)

A special court will on Tuesday give its verdict in the 2002 Godhra train burning case that sparked large-scale communal violence.
 
Till date, 134 people were charged in the case, out of which 16 are still absconding. Thirteen accused were released for the lack of evidence, while 15 are out on bail. Five of the accused are dead, while 85 people await the judgement.
 
Timeline
 
Feb 27, 2002: Coach S6 of Ahmedabad-bound Sabarmati Express is burnt by a mob, 58 people are killed.
 
May 24, 2002: Chargesheet filed against 54, which later went up to 134 people.
 
Almost one year after this, Jabir Binyamin Behra, in a confession to Gujarat Police, reveals that conspiracy was hatched at Aman Guest House in Godhra on February 26, 2002. Behra names Maulana Hussain Umarji as a key conspirator.
 
February 14, 2003: POTA is applied on the 134 accused in the case.
 
NHRC and human rights activists appeal to Apex Court against imposition of POTA. SC refers the matter to the Gujarat High Court.
 
Nov 2003: SC puts a stay on the trial till POTA issue is resolved.
 
Oct 2008: POTA charges are lifted.
 
May 2009: Supreme Court sets up a special court to conduct trial in the matter. The trial begins in June 2009 and ends in September 2010, but the judge reserves the judgement, waits for getting clearance from the Supreme Court. Supreme Court lifts the ban on pronouncement of the verdict on January 18 2011.

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The trial court says the verdict will be pronounced on February 22.

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