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Gujarat refuses to comment on Bilkis case
August 06, 2004 19:53 IST
The Gujarat government on Friday refused to comment on the orders of the Supreme Court to transfer the sensational Bilkis Bano case to a Mumbai court.
"I cannot and would not comment on the matter," Gujarat Law Minister Ashok Bhatt told PTI when asked if the transfer of the Bilkis case was an 'embarrassment' to the Gujarat government after the Supreme Court had earlier transfered the Best Bakery case also to Mumbai.
Advocate Arvind Pandya, who represents some of the Gujarat police officers arrested in the case by CBI said, "We welcome the decision of the Supreme Court and would follow what ever instructions they give."
The CBI has arrested 20 persons, including 12 persons from Dahod district, six policemen and two doctors for their role in the riots case in which Bilkis was allegedly gangraped and 14 of her relatives massacred by a rioting mob on March 1, 2002.
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