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SC refuses early hearing

SC refused to give an early hearing to Godhra riots accused facing trial under POTA in Gujarat.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 12:23 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to give an early hearing to Godhra riots accused facing trial under POTA in Gujarat.

On behalf of petitioner Mahmadhusen Abdulrahim Kalota Shaikh, senior counsel Colin Gonsalves submitted that 126 persons were still languishing in jails despite the POTA Review Committee having held that the special law was not applicable to their cases.

Gonsalves argued that the POTA Review Committee had held Godhra riot cases to be that of an unlawful assembly and not a terrorist act.

He said the Gujarat Government was not allowing them to be freed from POTA and tried under ordinary law.

Terming it a "gross injustice", Gonsalves urged the court to take up the petition filed in July last year at the earliest.

However, a bench of Chief Justice YK Sabharwal and Justice CK Thakker refused to take up the case before summer vacation and posted the same for final hearing in August.