Gulberg verdict: Sentencing ‘too lenient’, will approach HC, says SIT counsel
Special Investigation Team (SIT) counsel in the 2002 Gulberg massacre case, R C Kodekar, said the special court’s verdict was too “lenient”india Updated: Jun 17, 2016 19:16 IST
Special Investigation Team (SIT) counsel in the 2002 Gulberg massacre case, R C Kodekar, said the special court’s verdict was too “lenient”
A special court on Friday sentenced 11 convicts to life imprisonment ,12 to seven years and another to 10 years in jail in the case, in which 69 people were killed.
The prosecution had argued that all the 24 convicts should be given death penalty.
Kodekar was upset after the court refused to add “till death” clause in the life sentence awarded to 11 convicts in the case.
“Today’s verdict is not that satisfactory. We feel the sentence is lenient and inadequate. During arguments, we had appealed to the court that life imprisonment till death should given to all. We are not convinced with the penalty awarded,” said Kodekar.
“12 convicts were given only seven years, which is very lenient too. It should be either ten years of life imprisonment,” he said.
“We will appeal in the high court,” said Kodekar.
Gulberg is one of the nine cases that was investigated by Supreme Court appointed SIT, headed by former CBI chief R K Raghavan.
The Gulberg Society massacre, which took place in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002 when Narendra Modi was the Gujarat chief minister, shook the nation when a mob of 400 people set about attacking the society in the heart of Ahmedabad and killed 69 residents including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri.