A special trial court hearing the 2002 Naroda Gam riot case was expected to rule Friday on a plea by Maya Kodnani — the former Gujarat minister convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case — seeking re-examination of the police inspector, Khorshed Mysorewala, who was posted at the Naroda police station during the 2002 riots.
Mysorewala, now retired, was the first investigating officer in the case who had testified that Kodnani was not present at the spot when the riots broke out. His claim was contrary to what was alleged against Kodnani in the Naroda Gam case.
Mysorewala, who was posted at Naroda police station as senior police inspector, had conducted the initial investigations into both the Naroda Gam and Naroda Patiya cases.
Earlier, when the Naroda Gam case was being heard in the court of now retired special judge Jyotsna Yagnik, Kodnani was allowed to recall and cross-examine eight prosecution witnesses in July 2013. Judge Yagnik, who also presided over the Naroda Patiya case, had convicted Kodnani and 30 others for life in August 2012. The Naroda Gam case is now being heard by special judge P B Desai.
In 2008, all the nine major riot cases were handed over to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed by an order of the Supreme Court, and Mysorewala was made a prosecution witness in the case. The case pertains to the killing of 11 Muslims in Naroda Gram with 83 people, including Kodnani, Babubhai Patel alias Babu Bajrangi, listed as accused.
The application to re-examine Mysorewala was taken by Kodnani after she recently changed her lawyer. However, SIT lawyer Gaurang Vyas said that the application to recall Mysorewala was unwarranted as he was cross-examined at length in 2013.
Kodnani’s new lawyer Amit Patel, who had moved the application on her behalf, was not available for comment.