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Gulberg case: Defence seeks leniency

Counsel for the 24 convicted in the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre, which left 69 people including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafrey dead, on Thursday sought lenient punishment for those guilty by the court which indicated that it will on Friday decide on the date of pronouncement of the quantum of sentence.

Gulberg case: Defence seeks leniency
The Gulberg massacre was one of the nine cases of the 2002 Gujarat riots probed by the Supreme Court


The special SIT court is hearing arguments made by the defence on mitigating circumstances and other factors before determining the sentence for the convicts. On Monday, prosecution had sought death penalty for all the 24 people convicted for the gruesome killings. 

Special Judge PB Desai, who heard the lawyer for accused Abhay Bhardwaj, said the date for pronouncement of quantum of sentence will be decided after hearing the SIT lawyer, especially on the aspects of compensation to families of the victims.

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