Ahmedabad: The judgement on the Godhra
train carnage case that triggered massive communal riots in
Gujarat in 2002 will now be pronounced on February 22.
Designated Judge P R Patel, who completed hearing the
arguments of the prosecution and the defence last September,
has postponed the pronouncement of judgement on the sensitive
case to February 22.
Last month, he said the verdict would be pronounced on
After completion of the hearing last September, the
pronouncement could not happen as there was a Supreme Court
stay on it. This stay was lifted on October 26.
The trial was conducted inside the Sabarmati Central
jail here, against 94 accused. It began in June 2009 with
the framing of the charges against the accused who have been
in Sabarmati jail since 2002.
All the accused in the case have been charged with
criminal conspiracy and murder for burning the S-6 coach of
the Sabarmati Express near Godhra railway station on February
27, 2002 in which 58 people, mostly karsevaks returning from
Ayodhya, were killed.
Following the incident, widespread communal riots
broke out in different parts of the state in which over 1,000
people were killed.