The Bombay High Court (HC) on Thursday rejected a CBI plea seeking death sentence for at least 3 of the 11 convicts in the March 2002 Bilkis Bano gang-rape case in Gujarat.

The court also set aside the acquittal of five policemen in the same case and directed the Central Bureau of Investigation agency to probe them.

On March 3, 2002, at the height of the Gujarat riots following the Godhra train burning, Bilkis Bano and her family members were attacked by a riotous mob in Devgad-Baria village near Dahod.

19-year-old Bilkis Bano who was pregnant in the year 2002 was gangraped and 14 of her family members were brutally murdered.