Thursday, December 13, 2012


A special court here on Friday awarded 31 years rigorous imprisonment
to a convict of the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, who was produced
in the court after he jumped his bail. Terming Suresh alias Shehzad
Netalkar as one of the main conspirators, special judge Jyotsana
Yagnik sentenced him to 21 years life imprisonment after serving 10
years under Section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by
dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC. On August 29 this year,
Netalkar was held guilty of murder (section 302), conspiracy and other
sections of the IPC among 32 accused, including BJP MLA and former
minister in Narendra Modi government, Maya Kodnani. As Netalkar had
jumped his bail and was declared an absconder, the court had reserved
the pronouncement of quantum of punishment till he could be brought
before the court. Judge Yagnik had also directed the Supreme
Court-appointed special investigation team to to nab Netalkar.
Following a manhunt, the team nabbed him on Thursday from Nandurbar in