The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to allow a stay on the conviction of Indian Police Service (IPS) officer R S Bhagora in the 2002 Bilkis Bano case. The court further elaborated that there was no emergency on the issue as the convict has already undergone a sentence.
The apex court has listed the plea of the IPS officer for the second week of July with a fine is of ₹15,000 only. The vacation bench comprised of Justices A.K. Sikri and Deepak Gupta.
In the 2002 Gujarat riot, Bilkis Bano was gang-raped by a group of men. The incident happened to her when she was merely 19-years-old and was also pregnant. Her family was also killed in front of her eyes by the same group of men. On May 4, the Bombay High Court had rejected a CBI plea which sought the death sentence for three accused in the case. The High Court had also upheld the life sentence of 11 convicts, said reports. Along with five policemen, two doctors were also convicted by the High Court.
IPS officer R.S. Bhagora, currently serving in Gujarat, has been convicted along with four other policemen by the Bombay High Court recently after the trial court had acquitted them.