Eight of the 22 accused had died in the course of the course of the 18-year trial.
“The courtroom examined all of the proof, together with the bones reported to be of the victims, however it was inconclusive in forensic exams,” mentioned advocate Gopalsinh Solanki, who represented all of the accused.
Re-investigation ordered in 2003 as police probe got here underneath scanner
Additionally, over 100 witnesses had been examined, a lot of whom turned hostile,” mentioned Solanki.
In 2002, communal riots broke out throughout the state after the Sabarmati practice carnage wherein 59 folks had been killed in Godhra. A day after the incident, on March 1, riots unfold in Delol village of Kalol city, some 30km from Godhra. A number of homes had been set on fireplace in the course of the rioting, wherein 17 members of the minority neighborhood had been charred to loss of life.
Police investigations got here underneath the scanner within the case, with one cop in Kalol being accused of not registering the FIR regardless of requests by victims and witnesses. A re-investigation was ordered and an FIR was filed in December 2003, greater than 20 months after the incident.
The accused, who had been absconding, had been arrested in 2004. “The native courtroom rejected their bail software, following which they approached the Gujarat excessive courtroom which granted them bail in 2004. They’ve been on bail since then,” Solanki mentioned.