Supreme Court on Gujarat government's decision to release Bilkis Bano rape prisoners.

Supreme Court strikes down the Gujarat government's order granting remission to 11 convicts who had gang-raped Bilkis Bano and murdered her family members during the 2002 Godhra riots.

Supreme Court says the exercise of power by the State of Gujarat is an instance of usurpation of power and abuse of power.

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Gujarat government's order for the early release of Bilkis Bano rape prisoners was "an instance of usurpation and abuse of power". It said that the May 13, 2022 judgment instructing the Gujarat government to consider the remission was obtained by concealing information and "playing fraud" in court. It canceled the order.

The Supreme Court cancelled the Gujarat government's orders giving early parole to Bilkis Bano gangrape convicts, saying it had a duty to reverse the arbitrary rulings as soon as possible. It ordered all eleven prisoners to submit to jail authorities within two weeks. The Supreme Court ruled that the Gujarat government lacked the authority to issue remission orders.

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Gujarat government lacked the authority to issue remission orders for Bilkis Bano gangrape convicts and overturned the judgments. It said the Maharashtra government might have granted them clemency because the offenders were tried and convicted there. All eleven prisoners were freed from imprisonment in 2022.

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