Hc moved for confirmation of death penalty for 38 | Ahmedabad News

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Ahmedabad: The state government has approached the Gujarat High Court to seek confirmation of the death sentence handed down by a special court last month to 38 people in the 2008 serial explosions case, where 56 people were were killed and more than 240 others were injured.
On February 8, Special Judge AR Patel convicted 49 of the 78 people who were tried for the terrorist attack. On February 18, the court ordered the hanging of 38 people found guilty of involvement in the conspiracy since its inception as well as in its execution. Deeming their crime “the rarest of the few”, the court sentenced them to death, while 11 others were sentenced to life imprisonment until death. The trial court also acquitted 28 people, giving them the benefit of the doubt for lack of evidence, and it granted a pardon to one defendant, who had become approving and supported the case of the prosecution.
While those who have been convicted have one month after getting a copy of the court verdict to challenge their conviction, the onus is on the government to have the death sentence confirmed by the High Court in accordance with the Code of Criminal Procedure. The trial court also clarified in its order that these convicts, who have been sentenced to death, must be kept in prison unless their sentence is commuted or an appropriate order is made in their favour.
The death row inmates were punished under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). All those who were punished to the maximum turned out to be active members of the banned organization Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) which formed another group, Indian Mujahideen (IM), whose name was revealed in the letters. threats sent after the bombings. They were found guilty of pursuing terrorist activities while continuing to belong to the banned organization.
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