Developments in Gujarat Cases: Warrants and Arrests

April 23, 2004 | Comments Off on Developments in Gujarat Cases: Warrants and Arrests

A local Ahmedabad court has issued warrants against 2 of the accused in the Bilkis Bano gang rape and murder case, arising from the Gujarat pogroms against Muslims in 2002.  The accused, both doctors charged with falsifying the post-mortem reports of the victims, were not present in court, despite the summons issued to them on April 19.  The CBI has named 20 people as accused in its chargesheet.  4 police officers—those who were in charge of the investigation into the gang rape and murders—have been asked to appear before the court on April 30.


Two of the accused—senior police officers—filed for anticipatory bail for the second time.  The CBI has blamed them for the destruction of evidence in the post-massacre investigation.  An Ahmedabad fast court had earlier rejected their first request for anticipatory bail.  14 accused are in jail and their bail hearing will be on April 27.


Two accused have also been arrested in the Best Bakery case in response to warrants issued after the Supreme Court’s recent order.  The other 19 accused have fled. 


The Gujarat section of the blog gives the latest news and background information on the Bilkis Bano and Best Bakery cases.


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