Published On: Fri, Apr 20th, 2018

Naroda Patiya case: Gujarat HC acquits Kodnani, upholds Babu Bajrangi’s conviction

Gandhinagar: A division bench of the Gujarat High Court on Friday acquitted former Bharatiya Janata Party Minister Maya Kodnani while upholding the conviction of Bajrangi Dal activist Babu Bajrangi in the Naroda Patiya massacre case of 2002.

Kodnani was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court

Kodnani was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court for inciting a mob post the Godhra train carnage in 2002. The court found Babubhai Patel alias Babu Bajrangi guilty and upheld his conviction.

However, the court commuted Bajrangi’s life until death sentence to 21 years in prison.

The court acquitted Kodnani – who was earlier convicted and sentenced to 24 years imprisonment – giving her a benefit of doubt.

The verdict came against an earlier order of the special SIT court convicting 32 persons including Kodnani to life imprisonment in connection with the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre.

Ninety-seven persons, mainly women and children, were killed at Naroda Patiya one day after the Godhra carnage incident.

It may be mentioned here that a bench headed by Justice Harsha Devani heard arguments from all three sides for more than eight months.

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