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Supreme Court: The bench of Arun Mishra and Vineet Saran, JJ has dismissed the petition seeking review of it’s July 5, 2019 judgment which had upheld the conviction of nine people involved in the murder of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya. Pandya was a minister of state for home in the then Narendra Modi government in Gujarat and was shot dead on March 26, 2003, during a morning walk near Ahmedabad’s law garden area.

Dismissing the review petitions, the Court stated,

“The order, of which review has been sought, does not suffer from any error apparent warranting its reconsideration. The review petitions are, accordingly, dismissed.”

The Supreme Court had in its judgment in CBI v. Mohd. Parvez Abdul Kayuum, 2019 SCC OnLine SC 832 sentenced nine out of twelve convicts to life imprisonment after setting aside their acquittal by the Gujarat High Court.
Three other accused were sentenced to varying jail terms for charges of criminal conspiracy and offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) in 2007.

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Supreme Court: The Court has convicted 12 persons for killing former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya in 2003.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra allowed the appeals of CBI and the Gujarat government challenging the High Court order by which the convicts were absolved of murder charges in the case. The Court, however, dismissed a PIL filed by NGO “Centre for Public Interest Litigation” (CPIL) seeking a court-monitored fresh probe in the Haren Pandya murder case.

It also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on CPIL for filing the PIL and said no further petition would be entertained in the case.

The Gujarat High Court, while acquitting the 12 persons of the charges of murder, had upheld the trial court’s decision that convicted them for criminal conspiracy, attempt to murder and offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). The trial court had awarded punishment ranging from five years to life imprisonment to the convicts.

Haren Pandya was the Home Minister in the then Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government. He was shot dead on March 26, 2003 near Law Garden in Ahmedabad during morning walk.

(Source: PTI)