Guj Riots: Former Minister Kodnani charged by SIT

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Maya Kodnani
Ahmedabad, May 2: In the report filed by the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Friday May 1, the former state minister Maya Kodnani has been charged for instigating a mob to murder 109 persons in Naroda Gam and Naroda Patia incidents of post-Godhra riots.

This was the second chargesheet filed by the SIT and seventh in the Naroda Gam case. Besides Maya senior VHP official Jaideep Patel, the then Naroda police inspector VS Gohil and Pankaj Parikh are named as accused in the case. There was a total of 79 accused in the Naroda Gam case.

In the Naroda Patia case Janak Marathi, Vijay Chhara and Laxman Thakor including Kodani got charge sheets and four accused are absconding - Vinod Marathi, Kirpal Singh, Pintu Dalpat Chhara and Ramila Jai Bhavani Rathod.

Kodani and Patel face charges that invove criminal conspiracy under Section 120 (B), unlawful assembly and so on, while the mob has been booked for murder, attempted murder, rioting, inciting communal passions, destroying evidence, conspiracy and other sections of the IPC, besides Section 135 (1) of Bombay Police Act.

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