Asked by Kodnani’s lawyer Amit Patel who all did he see at that time, Amit Shah replied he saw Kodnani, Natubhai Vaghela, Jaideep Patel (another accused) and others.
The court passed the orders after former Gujarat minister and BJP leader Maya Kodnani had sought additional time to issue summons to Shah to appear in her defence in court.
Kodnani had sought examination of 14 people, including Amit Shah, to prove her alibi that on February 28, 2002, the day riots broke out in Naroda Gam, she was not at the scene of the crime.
Earlier, too, Kodnani’s lawyer had sought time from the court, saying that “Shah was busy, and contacting him was difficult”.
Maya Kodnani was awarded 28 years imprisonment, while Babu Bajrangi was ordered to spend his entire life behind bars. Hardik Dave said that the high court also reserved its order on her application seeking to summon Amit Shah and seven others.
Naroda Gam massacre is one of the nine major riot cases investigated by the SIT. Eleven Muslims were killed at Naroda Gam, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, on February 28, 2002 in the aftermath of Godhra train burning incident.
Two witnesses — Kalu Bharwad and Kanu Bharwad — in the 2002 Naroda Gam riots case on Monday denied having seen some of the accused, including former BJP minister Maya Kodnani
In March, Kodnani had moved court, saying summons be issued to 14 persons, including Amit Shah, as her defence witnesses.
Mysorewala, now retired, was the first investigating officer in the case who had testified that Kodnani was not present at the spot when the riots broke out. His claim was contrary to what was alleged against Kodnani in the Naroda Gam case.
On the other hand, the SIT, in its reply, has opposed the application, stating that the “defence in order to fill up a lacuna wants to recall the witness.
On August 29, 2012, Yagnik delivered the Naroda Patiya case order, convicting 32 people, among them Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi.
The apex court stayed an exclusive and expeditious hearing of appeal in the Gujarat High Court.
SIT counsel Prashant Desai told this orally before the division bench, headed by justice Ravi R Tripathi.
All 31 convicts have appealed against the sentence but her petition was taken up on priority.
Maya Kodnani and 29 others appealed challenging their conviction in the riots case by a special trial court.