Gujarat HC reserves verdict in Naroda Patiya riots case

first_imgThe Gujarat High Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict after hearing a batch of petitions challenging a special SIT court’s order in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots case, which killed 97 people.Dr. Maya Kodnani, a former minister in the then Narendra Modi government was sentenced by the trial court to 28 years in jail for her role in the massacre. Babu Bajrangi, former Bajrang Dal leader, was sentenced to life imprisonment.A Division Bench comprising Justices Harsha Devani and A.S. Supehiya reserved the order after hearing the rival parties who challenged their convictions. The Bench also heard the petition filed by the Special Investigation Team that challenged the acquittal of 29 accused in the case by trial court judge Jyotsna Yagnikon August 30, 2012.Kodnani’s lawyer Hardik Dave said that the High Court also reserved its order on her application seeking to summon BJP chief Amit Shah and seven others, including a former party MLA Amrish Patel, as additional witnesses.The Bench also visited the scene of the riots to understand the topography of the place where 97 people were slain by a mob led by Kodnani. The Naroda Patiya riots was one of the largest massacres during the post-Godhara riots in which over 1000 people were killed. The widespread communal riots in the State was triggered by the burning of a coach in Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002, in which 59 kar sevaks were killed near Godhara railway station. Kodnani, currently out on bail, was handed down a 28-year imprisonment: 18 years’ life imprisonment after serving 10 years under Section 326 of the IPC (voluntary causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means). The court had called her the “kingpin” of the crime.last_img