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14 years to Gulberg case verdict

A day after the Sabarmati Express train carnage at Godhra on February 27, 2002 which killed 59 persons, mostly kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya, violence broke out across Gujarat.

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The abandoned Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad.

The killings

February 28, 2002: Day after burning of Sabarmati Express coach in Godhra, a mob sets Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad on fire and kills 69 residents, including former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri.

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2002-04, Crime Branch
June 2002-October 2004: Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch files 6 chargesheets
November 2003: In between, Supreme Court stays trial of riot cases

2008: SIT
March 2008: Special investigation team set up under former CBI director R K Raghavan
April: SIT takes over probe of 9 cases including Gulberg
July-December: SIT files three chargesheets

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2009-16, Trial & judgment
May 2009: Supreme Court vacates stay on trial, B U Joshi appointed special judge for Gulberg case
August: Charges framed
September: Trial begins

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May 2010: Supreme Court stays pronouncement of judgment
January 2011: Trial completed
February: Judge B J Dhandha takes over the case
June 2011-January 2012: Arguments reheard
September 2013: Judge Dhandha retires, K K Bhatt takes over
January 2014: FIR by Ahmedabad DCB against Teesta Seetalvad, accusing her of embezzling funds
September: Judge Bhatt retires
November 2014: Fresh arguments in court presided over by Judge P B Desai
September 2015: Arguments conclude

June 2016: Judgment

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OTHER RIOT CASES

Godhra train burning (59 killed): 31 convicted in 2011; 11 death sentences, 20 get life

Naroda Patia massacre (97 killed): 32 convicted in August 2012, 31 of them sentenced to life including former minister Maya Kodnani and former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, 29 others acquitted

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Sardarpura case (33 killed): 31 convicted of murder in November 2011, sentenced to life

Dipda Darwaja case (11 killed): 22 convicted, 11 of them sentenced to life, in 2012; 61 acquitted including former BJP MLA Prahlad Gosa

Ode twin massacres (24 and 2 killed): 23 sentenced to life, 23 acquitted in first case; 9 sentenced to life, 31 acquitted in second case; 3 others formerly absconding now being tried

Prantij murders (4 killed): All 6 accused acquitted; the victims included 3 UK nationals