Bilkis Bano case: SC asks Guj to take action against erring officials

Bilkis Bano with her husband and daughter | File photo PTI

The Supreme Court on March 29 asked the Gujarat government to complete disciplinary action against erring police officials convicted by the Gujarat High Court in the 2002 Bilkis Bano case.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said it will hear on April 23 Bano’s plea seeking enhanced compensation.

Bano, before the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, refused to accept the ₹5 lakh compensation offered by the Gujarat government.

The high court had on May 4, 2017 convicted seven people — five policemen and two doctors — under Section 218 (not performing their duties) and Section 201 (tampering of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).