Convicted by a lower court in the 2002 Akshardham temple attack case and acquitted by the Supreme Court 10 days ago, six men are demanding compensation from the Gujarat government for “wrongly implicating them”. Most of them have spent over 10 years behind bars.
They also demanded action against officers who prosecuted them. Five of the six, Adam Ajmeri, Mufti Abdul Qyyum Mansuri, Mohammed Salim Shaikh, Abdulmiyan Qadri and Altaf Hussain, were present at the press conference Monday organised by Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra (Arshad Madani), which had provided them free legal
The SC had on May 16 acquitted them and pulled up Gujarat Police for shoddy investigation. While Ajmeri and Man-suri had been awarded death by the trial court, others had been given terms ranging from ten years to life. The SC acquitted all of them.
Gulzar Azmi, Secretary, Legal Cell, Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra, demanded compensation for the accused saying most of them had spent over 10 years in jail.
He was accompanied by lawyers Khalid Shaikh, Ejaz Qureshi, Ansar Tamboli and Shahid Nadeem Ansar, who represented the them.