State minister for higher education Maya Kodnani on Friday resigned from the Narendra Modi government after Gujarat High Court cancelled her anticipatory bail for her alleged role in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case.
Kodnani also surrendered before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Apex Court,which is probing the Godhra riots cases afresh,Government spokesperson Jaynaran Vays said.
Meanwhile,SIT officials said she will be arrested irrespective of whether she surrenders or not. “As per the Court order,we have to arrest her before 6 pm today,” said a senior SIT official.
The High court on Friday cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to Kodanani and VHP leader Jaidip Patel,accused in the 2002 riots cases,holding that “religious fanatics are not less than terrorists”.
It also rejected the appeal of both the accused seeking time for further appeal.
Law will take its course: BJP
The BJP reacted to HCs decision and said it respected the courts verdict and the law should take its course in the matter.
“BJP fully respects the judiciary. After the Gujarat High Court verdict it became clear that the court has found her guilty and she was asked to resign. She is no longer a minister,” BJP spokesperson Balbir Punj told reporters.
He said the matter was in court and the legal process should be followed. “Law will take its own course. It is entirely between Mayaben and the judiciary now,” Punj said.