SC refuses compensation for 6 acquitted in Akshardham blast case

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New Delhi, July 5: The Supreme Court on Tuesday (July 5) refused to entertain a plea filed by six persons seeking compensation from the Gujarat government after they were acquitted in the Akshardham blasts case. A Bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra observed that if compensation was granted then it would set a dangerous precedent.

After the Supreme Court refused to entertain the plea, the counsel for the six person withdrew the petition while stating that he would sue the police for a malicious prosecution and probe.

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The six persons had demanded compensation from the Gujarat government on the ground that they had been falsely implicated. The Supreme Court had acquitted six persons in connection with the Akshardham blasts case. Gulzar Azmi secretary of the legal cell, Jamiat Ulama Maharashtra had demanded compensation saying most of them had spent over ten years in jail.

When the matter was being heard, the Gujarat government opposed the plea for compensation. It had said that both the trial and high court had convicted them. Further it was stated that a due process of law had been followed.

When two courts having jurisdiction have appreciated the evidence collected against the petitioners and have recorded a judicial finding holding the petitioners to be guilty of the offences charged, the curtailment of the petitioners' personal liberty cannot be said to be accepted in accordance with law, the Gujarat government had said in its affidavit.

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