Maya Kodnani acquitted by Gujarat HC in 2002 Naroda Patiya case
Maya Kodnani has been acquitted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya case; Gujarat High Court cites lack of reliability in witnesses statements.
the Gujarat High Court in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots case. The High Court held that none of the witnesses were reliable. The court held that no criminal conspiracy could be established against Maya Kodnani and that of the 11 witnesses that were examined, none named Maya Kodnani when the case was being registered.
A division bench of justices Harsha Devani and A S Supehiya had reserved the order in August 2017 after the hearing concluded. In August 2012, a special court for SIT cases had sentenced 32 people, including Kodnani, to life imprisonment.
What happened at Naroda Patiya during the 2002 Gujarat riots?
On February 27, 2002, S-6 of Sabarmati Express train, carrying Kar Sevaks from Ayodhya, was set on fire in which 57 of them were burnt to death.
On February 28, 2002, it became the site of one of the worst massacres of the Gujarat riots — 97 Muslims were killed by mobs. Kodnani was accused of reaching the spot where a large mob had assembled, and of inflaming the situation. Eleven eyewitnesses claimed to have seen her getting off her car, surrounded by the mob. She allegedly addressed them and incited them to kill Muslims.