Sunday, November 25, 2012

Naroda Patiya verdict: Maya Kodnani sentenced to 28 yrs in jail, Babu Bajrangi gets life

Agencies : Ahmedabad, Fri Aug 31 2012, 09:23 hrs
A special court pronounced the quantum of punishment on those found guilty in the Naroda Patiya massacre case today.
While former BJP minister in the Narendra Modi govt Maya Kodnani was awarded 28 years' sentence, Bajrang Dal's Babu Bajrangi received a life sentence.
Kodnani was given an 18 year sentence plus 8 years for her role in the violence, which is to run concurrently.
Maya Kodnani broke down when she heard the sentence and was led away crying from the the court premises by the policewomen.
Babu Bajrangi's sentence will ensure he stays in jail till death.
Kodnani was called the 'kingpin' of the whole operation targetting minorities.
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A special court will pronounce the quantum of punishment for 32 convicts in the 2002 post-Godhra Naroda Patiya massacre case here today.
BJP MLA and former minister in the Narendra Modi government Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi are among the 32 people convicted by a special court in the Naroda Patiya riots case on Wednesday, in which, 97 people belonging to the minority community were killed.
Special court judge Jyotsana Yagnik convicted them on charges of conspiracy and murder in the case, even as 29 other accused were acquitted.
Kodnani, a three-time MLA from Naroda area, who was considered to be close to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, is the first woman and first MLA to be convicted in a post-Godhra riots case.
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Kodnani and Bajrangi were held guilty under sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC and the prosecution sought the maximum punishment of death sentence for all the convicts.
Yesterday, during the arguments on the quantum of sentence, lawyers of Kodnani and other convicts had sought leniency from the court.
Among the 2002 riots cases probed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), in which rulings have come, Naroda is the only case, where convicts (32) outnumber those acquitted (29).
In the Godhra train carnage case, court had convicted 31 and acquitted 63. In Sardarpura case, court had convicted 31 and acquitted 42, while in Dipda Darwaja case 22 had been convicted and 61 acquitted.