New Delhi: The plight of 24 convicted in the 2002 Gulbarg society massacre has been put on hold as the Ahmedabad court announced on Thursday that the hearing will continue even on Friday, prolonging the quantum of punishment declaration day by one.

The judge at the Ahmedabad court told the lawyers that there was no need to bring the accused inside the court on Friday as only the advocates will be allowed inside.

The court further stated that if it is imperative for the accused to appear before the court, they can do so through video conferencing. On Friday, it is more likely that the court will pronounce when the actual quantum of punishment will be declared.

The defence lawyer of the accused told the press that eight witnesses were not able to recognise the convicts, which would be the basis for the defence to seek minimum punishment.

On June 2, Special Court Judge PB Desai had acquitted 36 accused and convicted 24, of which 11 were charged with murder, while 13 other were convicted for lesser offences.

The court said there is no evidence of criminal conspiracy in the case, while dropping Section 120 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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