The Supreme Court on Thursday extended interim bail of former Gujarat minister and a convict in 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case Maya Kodnani till Monday.
A bench led by Justice H L Dattu granted Kodnani exemption from surrendering and posted her plea for extension of interim bail plea on medical grounds for Monday.
The court had to adjourn the hearing since Kodnani’s counsel failed to file documents pertaining to the injuries she had suffered after falling on a burning lamp.
The Counsel for Gujarat government did not oppose her request to extend the bail till Monday. Kodnani is undergoing life term in the massacre case.
Kodnani has 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.
Kodnani, one of the 32 persons convicted in the Naroda Patiya massacre case, is also facing a criminal trial in the 2002 Naroda Gam massacre case. In Naroda Patiya, 97 persons were killed whereas in Naroda Gam, 11 persons were killed by mobs on February 28, 2002. In Naroda Patiya case, she has been awarded life imprisonment.
The trial court had in August 2012 awarded life imprisonment to Kodnani, Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi and 29 others for Naroda Patiya incident.
DDC vice-chairperson Ashish Khetan said, “As of today he does not hold the charge anymore.”