‘Aghast’: 134 ex-bureaucrats want ‘wrong decision’ in Bilkis Bano case rectified, write to CJI

The release of 11 men jailed in the gangrape case of Bilkis Bano has riled up the civil society. In a letter to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on Saturday, more than 130 former civil servants expressed their displeasure over the release of the rapists as they requested him to rectify this "horrendously wrong decision".

The Bilkis Banos's rapists walked out of the Godhra sub-jail on August 15 - when India celebrated its 75 years of independence - after the Gujarat government granted them permission under its remission policy.

In their letter written under the aegis of the Constitutional Conduct Group, they appealed to the CJI to rescind the remission order by the Gujarat government and send the 11 men -- convicted of gangrape and murder -- back to jail to serve out their life sentence.

"Like the overwhelming majority of people in our country, we are aghast at what happened in Gujarat a few days ago, on the 75th anniversary of India's Independence,” read the letter.

According to a PTI report, former lieutenant governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, former cabinet secretary KM Chandrasekhar, former foreign secretaries Shivshankar Menon and Sujatha Singh and former home secretary GK Pillai were among the 134 signatories to the letter.