Gujarat Riots case: BJP national president Amit Shah on Monday arrived in SIT court in Ahmedabad to appear in connection 2002 Naroda Gam riot case, according to India Today report. It has been learnt that he was appearing as Maya Kodnani’s witness in the 2002 Naroda Gam riot case. Earlier, the court had passed the orders after former Gujarat minister and BJP leader Maya Kodnani had sought additional time to issue summons to Shah to appear in her defence in court. Notably, Kodnani has been sentenced to life imprisonment in the Naroda Patiya massacre case during the 2002 riots, according to Indian Express report. Security has been beefed up outside the court.
Kodnani is among 82 accused in the Naroda Gam case in which 11 Muslims were allegedly killed on February 28, 2002, a day after the Sabarmati Express was torched at the Godhra railway station, killing 59 on board coach S-6, mostly kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya. She is accused of conspiracy, murder among other charges in the Naroda Gam case, the IE report said.
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On September 8, Kodnani told the court that till date she hadn’t been able to contact Shah. In her application, moved by her lawyer Hiren Patel, Kodnani said: “I want to inform this court that this applicant accused has tried to contact my defence witness (Shah), but till today I couldn’t contact him and under these circumstances, I couldn’t examine this witness… therefore, in the name of justice, grant me ten more days to exercise my right.”