Bilkis Bano case: Convict moves the Supreme Court seeking review of top court’s verdict

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Today, a convict (Ramesh Rupabhai Chandana) in the Bilkis Bano case moved the Supreme Court against the January 08 judgment of the top court canceling the remission granted by the Gujarat government to him and other convicts in the case. The convict also sought a review of the SC judgment which stated that the Gujarat government has no power to grant remission to the convicts. He contended that the SC erred in its findings “on the ground that the remission order passed by the competent authority cannot be challenged on factual grounds, inter alia, the nature of the crime, impact on society and society’s cry for justice after the conviction and sentence has attained finality in the eyes of law.” The plea also contended “That is to say since Gujarat policy laying down 14 years as criteria for becoming eligible for grant of remission is beneficial for the petitioner and on the other hand, 28 years for the same as per Maharashtra policy is prejudical for him.” Earlier on March 02, 2024, Radheshyam Bhagwandas Shah (one of the convicts in the Bilkis Bano Case) moved the SC claiming that the January 8 verdict of the SC was judicially improper.