Gulberg Society massacre case: Gujarat HC grants bail to convicted VHP leader Atul Vaidya

Vaidya was convicted along with 23 others by a special designated court in June last year for killing 69 people at Gulberg Society, a Muslim neighbourhood. Among the victims was former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri.

Written by Satish Jha | Ahmedabad | Updated: June 27, 2017 8:02 pm
Gulberg Society, Gulberg Society convict, Gujarat, Gujarat High Court , ayesh Madanlal Jinger alias Babbar, VHP leader Atul Vaidya, latest news, India news Twenty-four accused were found guilty by the special court in June 2016 for killing 69 people at Gulberg Society (above) in Ahmedabad during the 2002 Gujarat riots. (Source: Express Photo)

The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday granted regular bail to Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Atul Vaidya who was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in the Gulberg Society massacre case related to 2002 post Godhra riots in Ahmedabad. This is the first instance of a convict getting regular bail in this case.

A division bench led by justice Abhilasha Kumari pronounced the judgment while granting bail to Vaidya. The court held that Vaidya’s appeal petition against his conviction is pending and he has already served one year of imprisonment. Besides, the court said, based on the evidence against him, bail can be granted.

Vaidya was convicted along with 23 others by a special designated court in June last year for killing 69 people at Gulberg Society, a Muslim neighbourhood. Among the victims was former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri whose wife alleged the then chief minister Narendra Modi and several others for orchestrating the riots. Modi and others were given a clean chit by the Supreme Court appointed-Special Investigation Team.

Soon after Gulberg judgment the SIT wrote a letter to the Gujarat government seeking permission to challenge the acquittal of certain accused and also enhancement of sentences. However, despite several reminders the government is yet to give it nod. SIT officials maintain that it can’t move court unless the state authorises it.

On the other hand the convicts have already moved the high court challenging their sentencing while several victims have also challenged the order seeking harsher punishment and against acquittal.

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    Aamir Reza
    Jun 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    और कितने लोग यह गये हैं, उन सब को भी छोड़ देना चाहिए। वैसे भी देश को खंडित करनेवाली आतंकियों का ही बोलबाला है अभी, और आपसी मतभेद भी लगातार बढ़ता जा रहा है।
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      drharun
      Jun 28, 2017 at 6:50 am
      No reason why u should not hav another Gulberg.You know for sure that u will get away.Pl
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        suresh ganpat
        Jun 27, 2017 at 11:08 pm
        If this is not miscarriage of justice, one fails to understand what else it can be. Court does not find anything wrong in acquitting the culprit after culprit even as SIT is hopelessly waiting for a dud state government to respond to its letter of appealing against the bails and acquittals..a total farce..!
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          nik
          Jun 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm
          World needs to wake up to the savagery and terrorist nature of Hindutva. Hindutva is not Hinduism. All christian and muslim nations must declare Hindutva and every organization related to it as terrorist. World needs to clamp down on Hindutva and their financiers.
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            nik
            Jun 27, 2017 at 9:26 pm
            RSS and BJP are taking over the judiciary and policing ins utions to create absolute anarchy. They are using them to extent their extremist agenda. These are terrorist organizations.
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              anonymous
              Jun 27, 2017 at 8:59 pm
              Gujrat High Court known for its communal notoriety, has checkered past as well. Mockery of justice!
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                AA
                Jun 27, 2017 at 4:56 pm
                Already convicted got bail. It is beyond comprehension of ordinary people. Even people with minor offence find it difficult to arrange and get bail!!!The government shamelessly assisting murderers.
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                  Sudarshan Nityananda
                  Jun 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm
                  Our justice system is strange. In the Mecca Masjid blasts case, four young men were kept in jail for 4 years before being acquitted. Their life is now ruined forever.But here in Gujarat, is a convict of mass murder who hardly spends one year in jail before being out on bail. The courts will take a few years to decide his pe ion and hence he will be a free bird for a long time.
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