Setback for Gujarat govt, SC acquits all accused in 1993 Surat blast cases

The court set aside the judgement of the TADA court convicting the accused in 2008.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: July 19, 2014 3:47 am

In a setback for the Gujarat government, the Supreme Court on Friday acquitted all the accused in the 1993 Surat Bomb blast cases that had left one girl dead and more than 40 injured.

A bench led by Justice T S Thakur set aside the judgement of the TADA court convicting the accused in 2008 and sentencing them to varying jail terms up to 20 years.

The court also dismissed the state government’s appeals demanding enhancement of punishment for some convicts and also challenging the acquittals of a few accused.

Two blasts had rocked the city in 1993. First bomb blast took place on 21 January 1993 in Varachha area of Surat. Next day another bomb blast happened at Surat railway station targetting an express train. The Varachha blast killed one female student Alpa Patel and caused serious injuries to 11 persons. The blast at Surat railway station seriously injured 38 passengers.

The TADA court upheld the prosecution’s version that these blasts were carried out to retaliate against the demolition of Babri mosque in Ayodhya.  It held them guilty of terror charges and sentenced them to varying jail terms.

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    A S
    Jul 18, 2014 at 6:44 am
    21 years for SC verdict? What confidence can public have on governance? Police and judiciary need serious introspection.
    1. I
      Jul 18, 2014 at 10:13 am
      What is the use of such late judgements.. 20 years !!! The life of the people are already finished
      1. H
        Jul 18, 2014 at 12:20 pm
        Hail the system,after 20 years of torture you have been acquitted.Life ruined and the Nation cares a dam.Who ever it may be things got to change and this is no way you impart justice.This has been the story with many a innocent.They must be compensated and the Cops who built a fake case must be made to pay from there pensions and those in service should be suspended
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          Mohammed Khader
          Jul 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm
          Thank You Supreme Court for fairness.
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            Mohammed Khader
            Jul 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm
            You should blame the state government, the people responsible should be punished.
            1. K
              Jul 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm
              what kind of justice system is this? Why set side judgement after 21 years? Make no sense. India badly needs judicial reforms.
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                M Patel
                Jul 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm
                Is it a setback to guj govt or Is it a setback to justice for victims?
                1. R
                  Jul 18, 2014 at 12:07 pm
                  those who prosecuted and convicted should now pay for huge loss to victims including political bosses.
                  1. R
                    Jul 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm
                    That is what Indian justice system is. Just dela is justice denied. one can not get justice in India. The one who stage-managed all this is the PM of the country. That is justice in India. The victim will be made the criminal and criminal will be elected to the parliament Eg. Bhulan Devi. Raja Bhaiya, Shanwaz HUssain Modi, Amit Shah, etc.
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                      death walks
                      Nov 3, 2014 at 8:14 am
                      all u guys blame the judicial system...but before dat see wat the man-power and system-capability is available with judiciary and and how many cases are getting heaped...!!!for every 2nd thing people starts appealing to how can it give justice in time...many a times it gets dela...But never denies d justice...!!!
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                        Thomas George
                        Jul 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm
                        The biggest problem in this country is not corruption as people make it out to be, it is judicial delays. With a prompt judiciary, then a lot of events that lead to cases will not happen at all. Political corruption, check bounces, land squatting etc. will reduce dramatically if judgements are reached in six months.
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