Maya Kodnani, former BJP minister and an accused in the 2002 Naroda Gam massacre case, has demanded the special trial court for the case to recall former police inspector of Naroda police station and a witness in the case, K K Mysorewala, for further cross-examination. The court has reserved its order on Kodnan’s plea for November 15.
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Kodnani’s advocate has sought to recall Mysorewala for his further cross-examination on the ground that due to oversight of the earlier lawyer hired by her, certain important questions were not posed to Mysorewala during his cross-examination.
Kodnani’s lawyer argued that during the lengthy cross-examination of Investigating Officer P L Mall, certain details emerged which suggested that some of the witnesses had levelled false allegations against the accused persons. And it was necessary to further cross-examine Mysorewala in that connection.
Special public prosecutor in the case, Suresh Shah, opposed Kodnani’s application while calling it a delay tactic and added that the apex court has ordered expeditious proceedings in the case to complete the trial within six months. The special trial judge, P B Desai, has reserved his order on the application for November 15.
Eleven persons were killed in Naroda Gam on February 28, 2002 in the communal riots that broke out in Gujarat following the burning of Sabarmati Express in Godhra on February 27, 2002. A total of 84 persons are facing trial in the case, including Kodnani. In August 2012, Kodnani was convicted by another special trial court in the Naroda Patiya massacre case and sentenced to life imprisonment.