The Supreme Court is set to consider the maintainability of petition filed by six Muslim men who were acquitted last year in the Akshardham attack case seeking “adequate compensation” and action against the Gujarat police officers who framed them.
A bench of justice TS Thakur and justice V Gopala Gowda said the acquitted terror accused could raise their contentions before the trial court. However, on request of senior counsel KTS Tulsi, appearing for the six men, agreed to examine their pleas.
The bench said it would first examine if the petition was maintainable as the court couldn’t be expected to conduct a “roving” inquiry. “You could have asked for prosecution in the appeal (in the top court). That should have been part of our judgment...,” the bench said.
After Tulsi sought time for placing on record judgments in support of the petition, the bench adjourned the matter by four weeks.
The six men were convicted by a special court for the September 2002 gunfire-and-grenade attack on the Gandhinagar temple that killed 33 people and left more than 80 injured. The SC on May 16 last year had acquitted all the six and pulled up Gujarat police for shoddy investigation.