Naroda Patiya case: SIT says Amit Shah's defence of Maya Kodnani in Gujarat riots 'not believable'
In September last year, Shah had appeared as a defence witness for Kodnani, who had requested the court to summon him to prove her alibi —that she was present in the Assembly and later at the Sola Civil Hospital on the day the 2002 riots broke out and not at Naroda Gam
Ahmedabad: The Supreme Court-appointed SIT has told a special court hearing the 2002 Naroda Gam massacre case that BJP chief Amit Shah's statement defending one of the main accused and former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani is "not believable" and should not be considered.
In September last year, Shah had appeared as a defence witness for Kodnani, who had requested the court to summon him to prove her alibi —that she was present in the Assembly and later at the Sola Civil Hospital on the day the 2002 riots broke out and not at Naroda Gam.
Special Public Prosecutor Gaurang Vyas told Justice M K Dave on Wednesday that Shah's statement defending Kodnani was irrelevant, as it was made after a long delay. "Shah's statement is not believable, as none of the other accused mentioned about her presence at the Sola Civil Hospital," Vyas told the court in Ahmedabad.
The matter will be next heard on Friday.
Shah had told the court that he met Kodnani in the Gujarat Assembly in Gandhinagar and later at the Sola Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad on the day the riots took place. The Naroda Gam case is one of the nine major 2002 communal riot cases, which were investigated by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team.
Eleven people belonging to the Muslim community were killed in the Naroda Gam riots during a bandh call made to protest the Godhra train burning incident of February 27, 2002. Besides rioting and murder, Kodnani has also been charged with criminal conspiracy and attempt to murder in the case.
She was convicted and sentenced to 28 years in jail for her role in the Naroda Patiya riots, in which 96 people were killed. However, in April this year, the Gujarat High Court had acquitted her.
Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply
In a rally on Sunday, the Union Home Minister claimed that the DMK and Congress were involved in scams worth 'Rs 12 lakh crore' when they were in power
Amit Shah in Puducherry: Congress collapsing across India due to dynastic politics, says home minister
Shah also alleged that former chief minister V Narayanasamy gave 'cut money' to the Gandhi family from the Rs 15,000 crore Central funds
Chandra Shekhar Azad died on 27 February, 1931 in Alfred Park, Allahabad after an associate betrayed him to the British