Naroda Patiya massacre case: SC dismisses Maya Kodnani’s bail application

The trial court had in August 2012 awarded life imprisonment to Kodnani.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: February 24, 2014 1:01 pm
Maya Kodnani has been convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case Maya Kodnani has been convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition by former Gujarat minister and a convict in 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case Maya Kodnani for extension of interim bail on medical grounds and asked her to approach the High Court.

Kodnani had filed the petition challenging the February 8 order of the Gujarat High Court declining to extend her three-month temporary bail granted on medical grounds in November last. She had sought extension of bail by 180 days.

The trial court had in August 2012 awarded life imprisonment to Kodnani, Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi and 29 others for Naroda Patiya incident.

Last week the apex court had extended by one more week the interim bail of Kodnani and directed her to place a medical report on her burn injuries.

A Bench led by Justice H L Dattu had granted Kodnani the final opportunity to adduce a certificate by a recognised medical practitioner, specifying the kind of injuries she suffered.

Displeased with Kodnani’s failure to produce the certificate despite adjourning the case twice earlier, the Bench had said that the photographs of her injuries failed to satisfy the court over the nature of injuries and she would hence have to file a proper medical report.

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    Kulmohan Kulmohan
    Feb 24, 2014 at 8:58 am
    We need to separate the "Human Being" from the "Vice". The "Vice" here is "Communal Prejudice". Communal Prejudices of varying shades and degrees affects each of us who grew up in India. Our small human brains inherit some "Communal Prejudice" from the talks of elders in our families, they then gather some of it from our friends, and finally build the rest of it from the "Why our religion is Different ? Why our religion is Supreme ?" talks of incompetent preachers in Gurdwaras, Mosques and Temples. Given a surcharged atmosphere of Communal hatred and revenge "Communal Prejudice" of a higher degree, would cripple our thinking abilities and would either shape up into terrorism or reveal its might during a communal riot. Thus a practicing Gynecologist who ushered many a human life with her very pair of hands,couldn't think twice before taking charge of ending a few lives during Gujarat riots. May we all realize this vice of Communal Prejudice and may courts and God be kind to Maya Kodnani.
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      Laxmi Awasthi
      Feb 24, 2014 at 8:17 am
      By rejecting Mayaben Kodnani's bail application, Supreme Court has done right thing. Mayaben's health problems' specially her mental state, is result of her own doing. She never showed any regret for Naroda-Paria macre in 2002. Now, she is asking extension of her interim bail on medical grounds and not providing relevant medical certificate to the apex court. This is not good for law. After all, she must serve full term jail foe heinous crime she commited.