New Delhi, July 5: The Supreme Court on Friday convicted 12 persons for killing former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003.
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra allowed the appeals of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Gujarat government challenging the high court order by which the convicts were absolved of murder charges in the case.
Pandya was shot dead in Ahmedabad on March 26, 2003.
The Supreme Court dismissed the PIL of NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) seeking court-monitored fresh probe into the killing and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on CPIL for filing the PIL and said further petition would be entertained in the case.
According to the CBI, he was murdered to avenge the 2002 communal riots in the state.
The high court, while acquitting the 12 persons of the charges of murder, had upheld the trial court’s decision to convict them of the charges of criminal conspiracy, attempt to murder and for the offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA).
The Supreme Court had on January 31 this year reserved the verdict on the appeals in the matter.The other accused are — Mohammad Rauf, Mohammad Parvez Abdul Kayum Sheikh, Parvez Khan Pathan alias Athar Parvez, Mohammad Farooq alias Haji Farooq, Shahnawaz Gandhi, Kalim Ahmeda alias Kalimullah, Rehan Puthawala, Mohammad Riaz Sareswala, Aniz Machiswala, Mohammad Yunus Sareswala and Mohammad Saifuddin.