2002 Naroda Gam riot case: Special court summons Amit Shah to depose as witness for Maya Kodnani

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.

Written by Satish Jha | Ahmedabad | Updated: September 12, 2017 3:28 pm
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A special court hearing the 2002 Naroda Gam riot case on Tuesday summoned BJP national president Amit Shah to depose as defence witness on September 18.

The court passed the orders after former Gujarat minister and BJP leader Maya Kodnani, sentenced to life imprisonment in the Naroda Patiya massacre case during the 2002 riots, had sought additional time to issue summons to Shah to appear in her defence in court.

Kodnani’s lawyer Amit Patel today moved an application and prayed that summons be issued to Amit Shah at his Ahmedabad address. The court also granted direct service to her lawyer for sending the summons. Sources said that it is now up to Shah whether to depose in her defence or not.

On September 8, she informed the court that till date she hadn’t been able to contact Shah. In her application, moved by lawyer Hiren Patel, Kodnani said: “I want to inform this court that this applicant accused has tried to contact my defence witness (Shah), but till today I couldn’t contact him and under these circumstances, I couldn’t examine this witness… therefore, in the name of justice, grant me ten more days to exercise my right.”

Kodnani is among 82 accused in the Naroda Gam case in which 11 Muslims were killed on February 28, 2002, a day after the Sabarmati Express was torched at the Godhra railway station, killing 59 on board coach S-6, mostly kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya. She is accused of conspiracy, murder among other charges in the Naroda Gam case.

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  1. Zen Bhatia
    Sep 13, 2017 at 5:08 am
    Really Amit Shah should have been called as the culprit rather than the defense witness. Because he being a home minister, he had been alleged to have master minded these riots, allowed criminals to carry on their crimes and told police force to keep their eyes, ears and power closed for a week. He was rightly accused and kept out of Gujarat for several months by the court.
    1. K
      Sep 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm
      it will be really intresting how this donkey, Amit shah responds to his once best aid and best friend kodnani's plea to bail her out of troubled waters. MODIJI AB KYUON CHUP HO, KUCH TO BOLO. hopfully the saffron bhakts would know that they are only being used to garner votes at any cost.
      1. T
        tarsame singh
        Sep 12, 2017 at 9:31 pm
        Sir Amit Shah is no donkey. He is a very cunning fellow . He used Kodanani for job at a particular time. He simply does not have any need of kodnanai now. so he is ignoring her requests.
      2. B
        Sep 12, 2017 at 6:47 pm
        MODI'S LIES TO THE SIT ---- s: truthofgujarat /narendra-modi-lied-sit-interrogation-part-1-godhra-train-burning-pre-planned/
        1. S
          Sep 12, 2017 at 6:40 pm
          This terrorist Kodnani must be given death penalty. Instead, she got the unconditional bail and now playing all the dirty tricks. A convicted killer who burnt the people alive is now doing her best to get rid of her punishment. What a mockery of justice system! Again she is asking for someone as the witness who was once declared fugitive by the law court. Babu Bajrangi who is also a convicted killer had already confessed that how Modi contributed during 2002 riots.
          1. A
            Sep 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm
            Fooling people every body know what will be the conclusion the mass killer ruling the country and this terrorist will be awarded peace noble prize or some chakra .
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