The Gujarat High Court on Friday admitted the appeals by the state government and the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) challenging the acquittal of 31 of the 73 accused who were given benefit of the doubt by the special trial court in the Sardarpura massacre case of 2002.
The HC,however,did not admit the appeals filed by a few victims and witnesses in the case while keeping it for hearing on May 2 to decide if they have a right to appeal when the state government has already done so in a criminal case.
In November last year,a special trial court had convicted and sentenced 31 persons to life imprisonment in the case while acquitting 42 others.
Of the 42,11 were given a clean chit while 31 were given benefit of the doubt.
Both,the state government and the SIT,have moved an appeal against the acquittal of the 31 accused who were given benefit of the doubt.
Advocate Mihir Desai from Mumbai,who is representing the victims and witnesses in the case,was present in the court today.
The case relates to the massacre in Sardarpura village of Mehsana district during the post-Godhra riots in which 33 Muslims were burnt alive by a Hindu mob on March 1,2002.