Shailesh Chimanlal Bhatt was seen on stage with Dahod MP Jasvant Sinh Bhabhor.

New Delhi:

One of many 11 males, who gangraped Bilkis Bano through the 2002 Gujarat riots and had been launched prematurely, was seen sharing stage with a BJP MP and an MLA at a authorities programme in Gujarat yesterday. The discharge of the lads has been challenged within the Supreme Court docket and the case will probably be heard on Monday.

The group water provide scheme occasion passed off in Karmadi Village of Dahod district on March 25. Movies and photographs from the spot confirmed Shailesh Chimanlal Bhatt on stage with Dahod MP Jasvant Sinh Bhabhor and his brother, Limkheda MLA Sailesh Bhabhor. He was seen posing with them for photographs on the occasion and even collaborating within the puja. The 2 leaders, who had tweeted the pictures and movies, weren’t obtainable for remark.

The 11 convicts had been launched on Independence Day final 12 months, triggering a flood of shock throughout the nation. They had been sentenced to life time period in 2008 for gangraping Bilkis Bano and killing seven members of her household. Her three-year-old daughter was amongst these killed.


Shailesh Chimanlal Bhatt was seen on stage with Dahod MP Jasvant Sinh Bhabhor and Limkheda MLA Sailesh Bhabhor.

The atrocities passed off as violence swept Gujarat following the assault on Sabarmati Specific, during which 59 “kar sevaks” died.

Final month, a bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala assured Bilkis Bano {that a} new bench will probably be fashioned on the earliest to listen to the petitions towards their launch.

A collection of petitions have been filed towards the discharge of the rapists within the Bilkis Bano case. The petitioners embody Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, CPM Politburo member Subhashini Ali and others.

Bilkis Bano had filed two petitions — certainly one of them requested the highest courtroom to overview its Could 2022 order, directing the Gujarat authorities to contemplate a convict’s launch plea. It was dismissed by the courtroom.

In response to the courtroom’s course and the convict’s launch petition, the Gujarat authorities had launched all of the convicts on foundation of an outdated coverage. It had consulted a panel that included males linked to the ruling BJP.

The panel members had justified their choice calling the lads “sanskari” Brahmins who’ve already served 14 years in jail and displayed good behaviour.

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