Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Home News Reports Another pillar of ‘saffron terror’ collapses as High Court acquits Maya Kodnani

Another pillar of ‘saffron terror’ collapses as High Court acquits Maya Kodnani

A division bench of the Gujarat High Court has acquitted former minister of Gujarat Maya Kodnani who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court in 2012 for 2002 riots case.

Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi’s conviction has been upheld. Other accused Suresh Langado alias Richard Chhara has also been found guilty. Kodnani’s personal assistant, Kirpal Singh Chabda, who was convicted by the trial court was also acquitted.

For Kodnani’s acquittal, the court did not find any criminal conspiracy in the riots and observed that none of the witnesses was reliable. In August 2012, a special court for SIT cases had sentenced 32 people, including Kodnani and Bajrangi to life imprisonment. While Kodnani was sentenced to 28 years of imprisonment, Bajrangi was awarded life imprisonment till death. The trial court had also acquitted 29 other accused, for want of evidence.

Last year, in September, BJP President Amit Shah recorded his statement in the sessions court in Ahmedabad as we witness for Maya Kodnani. He told the court that Kodnani was inside the state Assembly at 8:30 am on 28th February as against in Naroda as she is accused of. A television footage available corroborated the claims.

There have been glaring loopholes in her conviction by Judge Yagnik. Despite video footage of her presence at Gujarat Assembly between 8:30 am to 8:40 am, witnesses for the prosecution had claimed Kodnani was leading a mob in Naroda at 8:30 am as well. As per another witness, Kodnani was distributing swords and other weapons, though at a later time that day.

In fact, in 2012, right after Kodnani’s conviction by a trial court, a Congress leaning journalist had even talked about Maya Kodnani’s helpful attitude towards Muslims. She claims her discussions with Kodnani prior to 2002 riots where she had no qualms in helping Muslims and even helped a distressed Muslim woman get a job.

Interestingly, all these witnesses have named Kodnani for the first time in 2008, six years after the riots took place. Some of the witnesses are also allegedly close to Teesta Setalvad, who has been accused of illegal exhumation of victim bodies and embezzling funds of trust created for helping the riot victims.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Charlie Hebdo mocks Turkish President Recep Erdogan in its latest cartoons, shows him lifting a skirt of woman wearing ‘hijab’

The front-page caricature of Wednesday's edition of Charlie Hebdo that was released online on Tuesday night depicts Erdogan in a white T-shirt and underpants, drinking a can of beer and lifting up the skirt of a woman wearing a hijab to reveal her naked bottom.

Touseef’s mother called her and asked her to convert to Islam, Nikita Tomar’s family reveals

Tauseef's mother reportedly called Nikita several times asking her to convert to Islam

Delhi resident Sushil slaughtered by knife from meat shop over petty quarrel, four including prime accused Chand arrested

Shahnawaz, Aafaq, Chand and Haseen stab Sushil and his two brothers in north-west Delhi.

Tamil Nadu: Thol Thirumavalavan’s VCK members stab an office-bearer of Hindu organisation Indu Makkal Katchi

Manikandan, who is critical after sustaining injuries, has been admitted to the Dindigul Government Hospital and is currently undergoing intensive treatment.

Deepika Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash goes untraceable after NCB raids her house, seizes drugs including charas

The NCB carried out raids at Karishma’s Versova residence and recovered 1.7 grams of charas and at least 2 bottles of CBD oil.

Watch: Moment when firing broke out and an eyewitness who narrates exactly what happened

The horrific violence that broke out during Durga Visarjan in Munger, Bihar last night has left people wondering as to what transpired that led to the death of an 18-year old boy and left many injured

Recently Popular

Faridabad: A month after college student Nikita files molestation complaint against Taufeeq, he shoots her dead

As per reports, the accused initially wanted to abduct the victim but killed her when she resisted him.

Nikita Tomar murder: Taufeeq was pressurising her to embrace Islam family alleges

On Monday, 21-year-old Nikita Tomar was shot to death in broad daylight outside the Aggarwal college in Ballabgarh, Faridabad

Nikita Tomar murder: Main accused Tauseef belongs to a family of influential Congress politicians from Nuh in Haryana

The prime accused Tauseef's grandfather, uncles and cousin brothers are all infuential Congress politicians from Haryana's Nuh

YouTuber Lakshay Chaudhary levels serious allegations of fraud against Gaurav Wasan of Swad Official whose video on ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ had gone viral

Gaurav Wasan of Swad Official had uploaded a video about the financial difficulties faced by the elderly couple of 'Baba ka Dhaba'.

18-year-old dead as police open fire at Durga Puja Visarjan procession in Munger, Bihar: Here is everything you need to know

An 18-year-old youth has reportedly been killed and several others injured in the firing that took place on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday in Munger, Bihar

Two Hindu families see the death of the child, one because she dared to refuse Islam, one, because he wanted to bid goodbye to...

By any measure, the Faridabad incident and the Munger shooting are indeed absolutely shocking.
- Advertisement -

Charlie Hebdo mocks Turkish President Recep Erdogan in its latest cartoons, shows him lifting a skirt of woman wearing ‘hijab’

The front-page caricature of Wednesday's edition of Charlie Hebdo that was released online on Tuesday night depicts Erdogan in a white T-shirt and underpants, drinking a can of beer and lifting up the skirt of a woman wearing a hijab to reveal her naked bottom.

Touseef’s mother called her and asked her to convert to Islam, Nikita Tomar’s family reveals

Tauseef's mother reportedly called Nikita several times asking her to convert to Islam

Delhi resident Sushil slaughtered by knife from meat shop over petty quarrel, four including prime accused Chand arrested

Shahnawaz, Aafaq, Chand and Haseen stab Sushil and his two brothers in north-west Delhi.

Tamil Nadu: Thol Thirumavalavan’s VCK members stab an office-bearer of Hindu organisation Indu Makkal Katchi

Manikandan, who is critical after sustaining injuries, has been admitted to the Dindigul Government Hospital and is currently undergoing intensive treatment.

Deepika Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash goes untraceable after NCB raids her house, seizes drugs including charas

The NCB carried out raids at Karishma’s Versova residence and recovered 1.7 grams of charas and at least 2 bottles of CBD oil.

Watch: Moment when firing broke out and an eyewitness who narrates exactly what happened

The horrific violence that broke out during Durga Visarjan in Munger, Bihar last night has left people wondering as to what transpired that led to the death of an 18-year old boy and left many injured

ABP quotes uncle of murderer Tauseef to whitewash the religious angle in the heinous murder of Nikita Tomar

Javed Ahmed out rightly denied any angle of religious conversion in the Nikita Tomar murder and said that he respected all religions.

Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions receives show cause notice for dumping garbage, bio-medical waste used during a film shoot in Goa on roadside

Goan activists threatened of taking Dharma Productions and Karan johar to court for breaking the laws of the land.

Weeks after being targeted by opposition parties and media for allegedly favouring BJP, Ankhi Das quits Facebook

Ankhi Das was mired in controversy lately after a WSJ article accused Facebook India of showing bias towards BJP.

Nikita Tomar murder: Main accused Tauseef belongs to a family of influential Congress politicians from Nuh in Haryana

The prime accused Tauseef's grandfather, uncles and cousin brothers are all infuential Congress politicians from Haryana's Nuh

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
469,849FollowersFollow
19,400SubscribersSubscribe