Ahmedabad, June 10: The sentencing of the 24 convicts in the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre is expected to be pronounced on Friday. A special court here deferred the date of pronouncing the sentence twice---on June 6 and 9.
The conviction came 14 years after 69 people living in the society were burnt alive during the 2002 pogroms in Gujarat. A former Congress minister Ehsaan Jaffrey was also among the dead.
Out of the 24 convicts, 11 were held guilty for murder and the rest for rioting, unlawful assembly and arson.
On Monday, the special investigation team appointed by the Supreme Court demanded capital punishment for the convicts while their counsel sought linent punishment. The kin of the victims also wanted a harsh punishment for those who were found guilty.
The defence lawyers appealed to the court to consider all mitigating factors before pronouncing the judgment.