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Godhra Massacre: 17 Sardarpura Convicts Released on Bail by SC, Ordered to do Social and Spiritual Work

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New Delhi/Gandhinagar: The Supreme Court has granted conditional bail to 17 people convicted and sentenced to life for the 2002 post-Godhra massacre in which 33 people were burnt alive in Sardarpura. The top court told the 14 people to do social service but ruled that they will have to stay out of Gujarat.

Giving bail, the court said that they will remain in Indore and Jabalpur till the Supreme Court makes a final decision on their appeal. Other terms set by the court include social service. Keeping the accused in two separate benches, the Supreme Court has directed the accused to perform social and religious activities while on bail.

It may be recalled that during the communal riots that broke out across the state after the Godhra incident, violence was also committed in Sardarpura village. In which 33 people lost their lives. Some of this sheen wore off four years later when the Gujarat High Court acquitted 14 of the 31 convicts. The high court ruled that the prosecution had failed the ‘two-witness’ test prescribed by the Supreme Court. According to this, at least two witnesses should have testified against an accused in a riot case for the court to convict him or her. The high court, however had upheld the conviction of 17 people on the basis of this principle.