The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted another three months to a court in Ahmedabad to conclude the trial in the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre case, in which former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri and 67 others were killed.
A bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu, however, declined to grant bail to the accused before completion of the trial.
Some of the accused in the case had written to the court, seeking bail because of the delay in completion of trial proceedings.
At the same time, the bench, also comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and M Y Eqbal, refused to interfere with the Gujarat High Court order of 2013, granting conditional bail to all 21 people who were convicted and sentenced to life term in a case relating to Deepda Darwaza riots in which 11 people of a family were killed.
The appeal of the convicts in the case is pending.
It said that the relatives of the victim, who have moved the Supreme Court, may approach the high court and demand an early hearing for cancellation of bail.
This case pertained to the killing of 11 members of a family, including two children and a 65-year-old woman, on February 28, 2002 in Deepda Darwaza area of Visnagar town in Mehsana district of Gujarat during post-Godhra riots in the state.
It was one of the nine cases probed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court.