Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Naroda Patiya Case: Gujarat HC Acquits Maya Kodnani, Upholds Babu Bajrangi's Conviction

Naroda Patiya Case: Gujarat HC Acquits Maya Kodnani, Upholds Babu Bajrangi's Conviction

Back in 2012, the trial court had ruled: "In the record of this case, the witnesses have stated that all the disturbances were started and in fact reached its peak after the arrival of Kodnani".

Kodnani was sentenced to 28 years of imprisonment.

Apart from this, seven accused were given enhanced life imprisonment of 21 years and the remaining were given simple life imprisonment for 14 years.

The high court, hearing various appeals, acquitted 18 persons including Kodnani today.

Advocate Shamshad Pathan, who represented riot victims, said an appeal will be filed in the Supreme Court.

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The killings at Naroda Patiya area of Ahmedabad on 28 February, 2002 are one of the worst massacres of the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

Maya Kodnani, who was convicted in the Naroda Patiya massacre case was sentenced to life by a trial court for inciting mod to take revenge for the deaths of kar sevaks killed in the Godhra train carnage in 2002.

"Our Minister Kodnani was wrongfully implicated in the Naroda Patiya massacre case". No prosecution witness mentioned that she talked to them at the relevant time, the high court noted. Swamy Aseemanand was acquitted in the Mecca Masjid blasts case recently, Sadhvi Pragya, also accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts and other cases, is out on bail.

Apart from Kodnani, 31 others were sentenced in August 2012. "Accused 37 (Kodnani) has been proved to be the kingpin of the entire communal riot and one of the principal conspirators who has actively instigated the rioters and has abetted them to form unlawful assembly to execute the conspiracy hatched under her leadership with other co-conspirators", the judgment said. When the court gives verdicts as per Congress's expectation, leaders of Opposition party would praise judiciary, but they didn't digest anything unsuitable to them, he said adding that Rahul Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders should apologise for disrespecting judiciary system. Bajrangi was handed out imprisonment till death. Desai said that there was no police witness to testify that he/she saw Kodnani at the crime site. According to the trial court that held Kodnani, said she was the mastermind of the violence in Naroda-Patiya area.

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