Modi minister vows to ‘help’ Kodnani

Nitin Patel says BJP sympathises with the convict in Naroda Patiya massacre case.

Ahmedabad | Updated: March 4, 2014 3:57:59 am
Maya Kodnani (Indian Express) Maya Kodnani (Indian Express)

State health and finance minister and government spokesperson Nitin Patel on Monday said that the BJP sympathised with Maya Kodnani, a convict in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, and will “help her in all possible ways”. He was laying the foundation stone of a multi-specialty hospital near the Civil hospital, where Maya Kodnani is admitted for a series of illnesses.

Kodnani, who has been recently denied bail by the Supreme Court, was brought from jail to Civil Hospital on Monday morning, as the function went on at a distance. Asked if he was going to visit Kodnani at the Civil Hospital, Patel avoided a direct reply and said, “Our party’s sympathies are with her and she will be helped out in all possible ways,” he said.

Kodnani was the Minister of State for Woman and Child Development in the Modi government earlier. She resigned after her name figured in the Naroda Patiya riot case. She was later convicted by a special court for 28 years in the same case in which 95 Muslims were killed in the post-Godhra riots. She became the first minister to be convicted.

Asked if any of the ministers had gone to see her in the day in the hospital, Patel said, “all those who want to meet her or whom Mayaben agrees to meet, can go and meet her if the rules permit hem to do so”. He refused to say if he had gone to meet her.

Kodnani had applied for bail in the Supreme court on the grounds that she had suffered facial burns because of an oil lamp caused by a fall. She has benign positional paroxysmal vertigo which leads to the tendency to fall. She is undergoing electric shock therapy under general anaesthesia since she suffers from major depressive disorder with suicidal tendencies.

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