Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Gujarat High Court on Tuesday rejected applications by former state minister Maya Kodnani and two others against the decision of the trial court judge who had refused to recuse herself from Naroda Gaam riot case. Justice K M Thakar of the high court said there were no grounds or reasons to consider the trial judge’s removal. The high court also noted that following the setting up of designated courts for the 2002 riot cases by the Supreme Court, the judges were appointed by Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court, and “hence this court is of the opinion not to interfere in the matter”. Kodnani, Babu Bajrangi and Kishan Korani had challenged the decision of trial judge Jyotsna Yagnik who had rejected their plea that she should pull out of the trial. The present case before judge Yagnik relates to the incidents in Naroda Gaam where 11 people of the minority community were killed in post-Godhra riots. Kodnani and others had said that Yagnik had pronounced them guilty in Naroda Paitya riot case, and they would not get fair and impartial trial if the same judge were to try Naroda Gaam case.