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Bilkis Bano disputes Gujarat govt's claim of complying SC order

On September 30, the Supreme Court had ordered the Gujarat government to pay Rs 50 lakh to Bilkis Bano

Monday October 12, 2020 10:44 PM, IANS

Bilkis Bano

New Delhi: The Gujarat government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it has complied with its order and paid Rs 50 Lakh and also provided a job to Bilkis Bano, who was gang-raped during the 2002 riots in the state.

Bano has moved an application in the top court expressing her dissatisfaction with the compliance of the order in connection with the provision of accommodation and job offer provided by the state government.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the state government, contended before a bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian that, "this petition is misconceived."

Bano, in the application through advocate Shobha Gupta, cited that the state government has not properly complied with the top court order. After a brief hearing in the matter, the bench said the court would hear the matter after one week.

Citing issues with the accommodation, Bano said the government has only given 50 square metre land, which is recorded as garden area zone and she has been offered a job of peon in irrigation department on contract basis.

On September 30, the Supreme Court had ordered the Gujarat government to pay Rs 50 lakh to Bilkis Bano, Gujarat communal riots victim, within two weeks.

The top court has also ordered the state government to give her a job and accommodation, as it turned down a plea by Gujarat government to reconsider its April 2019, order which made the same recommendations.

Bano was pregnant when she was gang-raped by a mob, which also killed seven members of her family at Randhikpur village near Ahmedabad on March 3, 2002.

The Gujarat government had informed the top court that three guilty officials, who tried to tamper with evidence in the Bilkis gang-rape case, have been stripped of entire pension benefits, and an IPS officer demoted by two ranks.

The Bombay High Court had upheld the life imprisonment of 11 persons accused in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case.

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