MeraNews Network, New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the release of the five accused men in the Ahmedabad’s Bijal Joshi rape case. Delhi’s Sajjal Jain and four others have been serving sentences at the Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad for the past 15 years. Bijal Joshi was gang-raped by the five men at a New Years Eve party on the night of December 31, 2003, after spiking her drinks. She had committed suicide shortly afterward and had accused Jain and his friends of assaulting, physical torture and gang-rape in a suicide note.

Jain and his accomplices were arrested by the Ahmedabad Police and presented in the Ahmedabad Sessions Court and charge sheeted for gang-rape and abetting her suicide. The sessions court held them guilty for gang-rape and the accused were sentenced to life. Sajjal Jain, the son of a Delhi-based businessman, had challenged the sessions court order in Gujarat High Court, but it was junked.

The matter was later pursued in the Supreme Court arguing that the accused have already completed their sentences and must be set free. The apex court took note that all the accused have served their more time than their actual sentences in the jail and ordered their release.