The Bombay High Court has ruled that the accused,in cases transferred by the Supreme Court to Maharashtra,should be sent to jails in their respective states after they are convicted.
The ruling was delivered Monday by a division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and S B Shukre which heard a petition filed by Ramesh Chandana,who was convicted along with 11 others in the gangrape of Bilkis Bano and murders of her family members during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
After his conviction,Chandana was serving the sentence in a jail in Maharashtra and had urged that he may be sent to a prison in Gujarat.
The bench ordered the transfer of Chandana to a jail in Gujarat and asked the authorities to follow this order in future too. Accordingly,11 others convicted in the same case would now be transferred to Gujarat jails.