Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has recently reserved its judgment over the appeals of 11 convicts of the infamous Bilkis Bano gang rape case of 2002.
The verdict has been reserved by a division bench presided over by Justice Vijaya Tahilramani and Justice Mridula Bhatkar, which has also heard the appeals of Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI). The CBI has sought capital punishments for three convicts.
The bench has heard the submissions and arguments of the defence counsel Harshad Ponda who argued for more than a week. The contention of the defence in this case is that Bilkis’ version of the entire ‘incident’ is much contrary to the case of CBI.
Ponda has argued that the theory coined by CBI regarding the murders was highly ‘doubtful’. He has alleged that the central agency has ‘fabricated’ all the evidence in the case in order to prove the charges leveled by Bilkis Bano. On the other hand, Hiten Venegaonkar, the counsel appearing for CBI has vehemently opposed the prayers of the convicts who have challenged their conviction. All these 11 convicts were sentenced to lifetime imprisonment by a trial court in 2008.