Ahmedabad: Appearing as Maya Kodnani’s witness in the 2002 Naroda Gam massacre case, BJP president Amit Shah today told the special SIT court that she was with him in Gujarat Assembly on the riot day, and not in the Ahmedabad locality where 11 Muslims were killed.
“Maya Kodnani was not present in Naroda Gam. She was inside the state Assembly at 8.30 am,” Shah, who finally appeared before the special SIT court in Ahmedabad as Kodnani’s defence witness, said.
“I was at the Civil Hospital that morning and I met Maya Kodnani there. I was surrounded by people when I left hospital. Maya Kodnani and I were taken to our respective cars in police jeep,” Shah told the court.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) court is hearing the 2002 Naroda Gam riot case, in which 11 Muslims were killed during the state-wide communal riots following the burning of a train allegedly by Muslims in Godhra. Kodnani, a former Gujarat minister, is the main accused.
The massacre is one of the nine major 2002 communal riots cases which were investigated by the SIT. A total of 82 persons are facing trial in the case.
Kodnani, in her application to prove her innocence, said that on the day of incident she had visited Sola civil hospital after attending the state Legislative Assembly. She claimed in the application that Shah, who was an MLA at that time, was also present at the Sola civil hospital, where bodies of ‘karsevaks’ killed in the Sabarmati train burning incident were brought from Godhra.
Kodnani, who was then a minister in the Narendra Modi-led state government, has already been convicted and sentenced to 28 years in jail in the case of riot at Naroda Patiya where 97 people were massacred.
Three weeks back, the Supreme Court had asked the SIT court to conclude the trial within four months.