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Kodnani resigns as high court cancels her anticipatory bail

Maya Kodnani,the Minister for Women and Child Welfare in the Narendra Modi government,resigned from the post on Friday after the Gujarat High Court cancelled her anticipatory bail in connection with the Naroda Patiya massacre case.

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published: March 28, 2009 3:41:41 am

Vyas says the order cannot be seen as court holding her guilty

Maya Kodnani,the Minister for Women and Child Welfare in the Narendra Modi government,resigned from the post on Friday after the Gujarat High Court cancelled her anticipatory bail in connection with the Naroda Patiya massacre case.

Government spokesman Jay Narayan Vyas told mediapersons that the Chief Minister has accepted her resignation. Modi has in turn sent the resignation letter to Governor Nawal Kishore Sharma,recommending the latter that she be relieved from her ministerial post.

Speaking to the media just ahead of Kodnani’s surrender before the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT),the government came out in her defence,claiming she was innocent.

Vyas said that the HC’s decision was a mere “legal procedure” and it could not be inferred that the court had held the minister guilty. “The government honours the HC’s verdict,” he added.

The spokesman further said it was upto Kodnani to seek further legal remedies in the case,adding that “the law will take its own course”.

Responding to a query,he said since the ruling BJP considers this (the Maya episode) a “non-issue”,the party has no plans whatsoever to make it a poll plank in the Lok Sabha elections.

Vyas said he strongly believed that the Opposition Congress may rake up this issue during the poll campaign for electoral gains,but it would not succeed in its attempt because the track record of the Congress was also not good. No Congress minister had resigned in the aftermath of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi,or the 1969 communal riots in Ahmedabad,he added.

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