Saturday, November 24, 2012

Shock, tears and pleas for mercy

Nikunj Soni l Ahmedabad
Many of the accused, including Maya Kodnani, broke down when the designated judge, Jyotsana Yagnik, pronounced them guilty in a jam-packed courtroom in the old high court building on Wednesday.
The judge began delivering the much-awaited verdict at around 11 am and, one by one, named all the accused who had been found guilty.
When the judge pronounced Maya Kodnani guilty, she appeared gloomy. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. The court then asked all the accused whether they wanted to say anything against the charges under which they had been found guilty. There were tears in the eyes of some other accused as well. Most of those convicted pleaded for mercy saying they were the sole earning member of their family or that they had some ailing family member to look after. When Maya Kodnani's turn came, she said: “I'm speechless.”
The court then told her to come after some time when she felt more relaxed. When she came back, she said, “I have become a victim of politics. I have blood pressure and my husband also has ailments. My son is studying abroad.”
The court then asked the police to take custody of the convicted.