Even as Minister of State for Women & Child Welfare and Higher Education Maya Kodnani was granted anticipatory bail on Thursday in connection with the 2002 riot cases,she did not turn up at her Gandhinagar office on Friday.
While Kodnani could not be contacted despite several attempts,sources close to her said she would attend her office in the Sachivalaya from Monday. As Friday is a lean day in the Sachivalaya,Kodnani avoided going to Gandhinagar, said sources in the BJP.
Kodnani as well as VHPs Jaydeep Patel were declared absconder on February 2 by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the chargesheets filed in the Naroda Gam and Naroda Patiya massacre cases.
The SIT had declared them absconder after they failed to appear before it on January 29 and 31. Soon after this,both of them approached the local Sessions Court and were granted anticipatory bail on the condition that they would neither leave the country nor enter the Naroda area till further court orders.
While Kodnani,a three-time MLA from Naroda,runs a maternity hospital,Patel has a pathology laboratory in the Naroda area. An agency report,meanwhile,said she was at her official residence at Gandhinagar on Friday.