The 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case’s verdict is out by the Gujarat High Court today.
The Gujarat high court on Friday acquitted former BJP minister Maya Kodnani and upheld the conviction of Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre
Among 32 people convicted in the case by a special court, former BJP minister Maya Kodnani was also accused, they had moved to the High Court against the verdict. Kodnani is currently out on bail.
One of the worst incidents in Gujarat is Naroda Patiya riot is which followed the Godhra train burning incident of February 27, 2002, in which 59 kar sevaks were killed. 97 people, including 36 women and 35 children, from the Muslim community, were killed in Naroda Patiya area of Ahmedabad on 28 February 2002.
A special court for SIT cases had sentenced 32 people, including Kodnani, to life imprisonment, In August 2012.
The trial court had held that she was the mastermind of the violence in Naroda area.
Special Court’s verdict
‘28 years of imprisonment’ was sentenced to Maya Kodnani. Another high-profile accused, former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, was given life imprisonment till death.
Seven accused were given enhanced life imprisonment of 21 years, which they will serve after undergoing 10 years’ imprisonment under IPC section 326 (causing grievous hurt).
Remaining accused were given simple life imprisonment (14 years).
The trial court also acquitted 29 other accused of want of evidence.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) appealed against the acquittal of 29 people, while the convicts challenged the lower court’s order in the high court.
A division bench of justices Harsha Devani and A S Supehiya had reserved the order last August after the hearing concluded.
During the course of the hearing, the high court judges had visited the site of the incident in Naroda Patiya area here to understand its topography.
A number of high court judges including justices Akil Kureshi, M R Shah, K S Jhaveri, G B Shah, Sonia Gokani and R H Shukla recused themselves from the case during the hearing on appeals