Saturday, November 24, 2012

How the case unfolded

l The Naroda Patiya massacre took place on February 28, 2002, a day after 59 persons were killed in the Sabarmati Express carnage at Godhra
l Instigated by BJP MLA Maya Kodnani and others, 20,000- 25,000 persons ran amok targeting Muslims
l 97 Muslims were killed in a few hours - many women subjected to assault and rape, before being set ablaze
l Naroda PSI VK Shah registered an FIR against the mob on charges of murder, attempt to murder, attack, robbery, rioting and rape
l Names of Maya Kodnani, former BJP councillors Kishan Korani and Bipin Panchal, and other VHP and BJP leaders emerged
l First charge-sheet in the case was filed on June 6, 2002, followed by two more on August 23, 2002 and November 10, 2004
l The trial was stopped in November 2003 following a plea by NHRC and others before SC to transfer the trial outside Gujarat
l The apex court appointed SIT, headed by RK Raghavan, to probe nine crucial cases, including Naroda Patia case, on September 18, 2008
l Kodnani was granted anticipatory bail by a lower court in 2009, but it was cancelled by High Court, leading to her arrest and subsequent release on bail
l SIT named 25 persons as accused, and followed it up by filing a supplementary charge-sheet
l On August 5, 2009, Gujarat HC issued a notification appointing Jyotsnaben Yagnik as designated judge of the case
l Babu Bajrangi, one of the main accused of the case, was caught on tape confessing his role in the massacre in a sting operation conducted by Tehelka
l SIT sought cancellation of Bajrangi's bail in August 2010 for breach of bail conditions, but the plea was rejected
l The court announced its verdict on August 29, 2012, convicting 32 persons, including Kodnani and Bajrangi, while giving benefit of doubt to 29 other accused