Monday, August 6, 2012

Verdict in Naroda Patiya case deferred till Aug 29

Designated Judge Jyotsna Yagnik deferred the verdict in the Naroda
Patiya case, where 97 Muslims were burnt alive on February 28, 2002,
to August 29. The deferment in the case came as three of the accused
were not present during the hearing on Saturday. The proceedings were
held under tight security at the designated court near Income-Tax
    Fifty-eight accused, including key accused former state cabinet
minister and Naroda MLA Maya Kodnani, Babu Bajrangi and Raju Chaubal
were present in the courtroom. The court issued non-bailable warrants
against the three accused — Rajesh Chhara, Shehzad Chhara and Ramesh
Deedawala — who were not present in the court. As two of the accused,
Ramesh Deedawala and Rajesh Chhara, reached the court after 30
minutes, the non-bailable warrants against them were cancelled late
evening. Shehzad Chhara who violated the terms of conditional bail by
leaving Gujarat will have to be present in the court on July 2.
Shehzad is in Pune.
Hearing of the Ahmedabad serial blast case will begin on July 2 at a
specially built court in the Sabarmati Central Jail. Dr Jyotsna Yagnik
has been appointed as a special judge to hear the case. The Ahmedabad
serial blasts took place on July 26, 2008.