2002 Gujarat riots: Special Investigation Team seeks death for Narendra Modi’s former minister Maya Kodnani
In a snub to the Narendra Modi government, the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation team (SIT) has asked for death sentence for former state minister Maya Kodnani, who was convicted in one of the worst massacres of the 2002 riots.
The SIT today moved the top court for permission to file a plea for enhancing the former minister’s life sentence to death.
This comes weeks after the state government asked the SIT not to press for death sentence for Kodnani, arguing that there was “no direct evidence” against her. Kodnani was sentenced to 28 years in prison last year for the murder of 97 Muslims at Naroda Patiya village on the outskirts of Ahmedabad during the riots that raged through Gujarat in February 2002. Importantly, the trial court while convicting Kodnani, had termed her a prime conspirator.
In April this year, the Gujarat government set up a three-member team of public prosecutors to prepare groundwork for filing an appeal seeking death penalty for Kodnani, Bajrangi and four others.
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