Maya Kodnani acquitted, Babu Bajrangi convicted; in 2002 Naroda Patiya case

verdict came against an earlier order of the special SIT court convicting 32 persons including Kodnani to life imprisonment

Ruling in the infamous Naroda Patiya case of 2002, the Gujarat High Court today acquitted former minister Maya Kodnani.

But the High Court went on to uphold the conviction of Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi in the same case.

It need be mentioned that the court acquitted Kodnani, who had earlier been convicted for 24 years imprisonment giving her benefit of doubt.

The verdict came against an earlier order of the special SIT court convicting 32 persons including Kodnani to life imprisonment.

These convictions had been in connection with the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre.

It may be recalled that 97 persons including many women and children were killed at Naroda Patiya one day after the Godhra carnage.

A bench headed by Justice Harsha Devani heard arguments from all three sides for more than eight months.

Proceedings began on December 19, 2016 and concluded in August last year.

The HC judges had also visited the crime scene once.

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