Eight of the 22 accused had died in the course of the course of the 18-year trial.
“The court docket examined all of the proof, together with the bones reported to be of the victims, but it surely was inconclusive in forensic checks,” stated advocate Gopalsinh Solanki, who represented all of the accused.
Re-investigation ordered in 2003 as police probe got here below scanner
Additionally, over 100 witnesses had been examined, a lot of whom turned hostile,” stated 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 group had been charred to dying.
Police investigations got here below 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 court docket rejected their bail software, following which they approached the Gujarat excessive court docket which granted them bail in 2004. They’ve been on bail since then,” Solanki stated.