Months after six persons were acquitted of all charges in the 2002 Akshardham Temple attack case, the Supreme Court has now dismissed the review petition filed by the Gujarat government against the acquittal.
In an order issued on November 5, the Bench of Justices Anil R Dave and V Gopala Gowda said the court was “convinced that the order, of which review has been sought, does not suffer from any error apparent warranting its reconsideration”.
The state government now has the option to file a curative petition before the Supreme Court. In May, the SC had acquitted six persons, including two on death row, in the terror attack case.
A bench comprising Justices A K Patnaik and V Gopala Gowda had held that the prosecution failed to establish their guilt beyond reasonable doubt and the accused deserved exoneration from all the charges.
The court had also said, “Instead of booking the real culprits responsible for taking so many precious lives, the police caught innocent people and got imposed the grievous charges against them.”