Naroda Gam massacre case accused Maya Kodnani, now wants BJP president Amit Shah and 13 others to be presented in the special designated court in order to be examined in connection with the case.
Former Gujarat minister and BJP leader Maya Kodnani who is an accused in the Naroda Gam massacre case linked to the 2002 post-Godhra riots, now wants Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah and 13 others to be presented in the special designated court in order to be examined in connection with the case. Kodanani’s lawyer Amit Patel on Thursday was asked by the court to prove the relevance of the plea. While the application ‘issuing summons’ was moved to the court earlier in March, the matter will be heard on next monday. Advocate Patel said, “We will give our submission to the court on Monday,” according to an Indian Express report.
The application has been moved under section 233 (3) of The Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), according to which, “If the accused applies for the issue of any process for compelling the attendance of any witness or the production of any document or thing, the Judge shall issue such process unless he considers, for reasons to be recorded, that such application should be refused on the ground that it is made for the purpose of vexation or delay or for defeating the ends of justice.”
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The issuance of summon to party president Amit Shah has been done under the name “Amit Anilchandra Shah,” in the application, to prove that Maya Kodnani “had met Shah at the Assembly and Sola Civil Hospital as well.” Through this application, Kodnani wants to present her alibis and prove that she was at the Gujarat assembly, then at the Sola civil hospital, then at the nursing home run by her in the Asarwa area of Ahmedabad and then, at her home on the day the riots broke out in Naroda Gam and Naroda Patiya.
The names of the other 13 leaders, apart from Amit Shah, in the application includes Maya Kodnani’s husband Surendra Tahilram Kodnani, Amrish Govindbhai Patel, local resident of Memnagar Rayeeben Somaji Chauhan; hospital staff Jasuben Jayantibhai Jadav; Dr Dhaval Rajnikant Shah; Dr Anil Chadha and others, according to an Indian Express report.
Maya Kodnani and 82 other accused have been facing trial in the Naroda Gam riots case where on February 28, 2002, 11 people from the Muslim community were killed.