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Godhra: Sentencing on March 1

The special trial court hearing the 2002 Godhra train burning case on Friday reserved its order on the quantum of punishment for the 31 convicts till March 1.

The special trial court hearing the 2002 Godhra train burning case on Friday reserved its order on the quantum of punishment for the 31 convicts till March 1.

During the hearing,the prosecution demanded death for all the convicts while the defence pleaded for life terms for them.

The court,presided over by the Panchmahals principal district judge P R Patel,had convicted 31 persons this week.

On Friday,the hearing started around 11 am in Sabarmati Central Jail in the presence of convicts and prosecution and defence lawyers. The media was not allowed in.

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Demanding capital punishment for the convicts,Special Public Prosecutor J M Panchal argued that the 2002 incident in which 59 persons were killed was the “rarest of the rare” case. Panchal argued that the present case is more gruesome than the case in which the apex court defined the category of cases warranting capital punishment.

The defence pleaded for life terms,citing mitigating circumstances like their age,socio-economic conditions and the roles they were found guilty of,besides their antecedents.

Defence lawyers A D Shah,A A Hasan,I M Munshi,L R Pathan,Yusuf Charkha were present during the proceedings.