Naroda Patiya case: Make Amit Shah a defence witness says Maya Kodnani
Former Gujarat BJP minister, Maya Kodnani has filed an application in the Gujarat High Court seeking to summon 8 persons including BJP's national president Amit Shah in the Naroda Patiya massacre case. The court directed the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team to file its reply.
The application comes a week after a lower court had let her examine Shah and 13 others in the Naroda Gram massacre case of 2002. The SIT is however likely to oppose the application in the High Court stating it was immaterial in an appeal. The SIT would file its reply on Friday after which a final call on the matter would be taken by the High Court.
In the application in the lower court the former BJP minister, had sought that summons be issued to 14 persons including Shah as her defence witness. She said that she wanted to prove that on February 28 2002, the day the riots broke out in Naroda Gram and Naroda Patiya, she was present in the Gujarat legislative assembly.
She said after that she was present at Sola civil hospital, her home at Asarva, the civil hospital in Asarva and the then her home. She says that she met with Shah in the assembly as well as the Sola civil hospital. Maya was accused of leading and inciting a mob. She was held guilty in the Naroda Patiya case and sentenced to life imprisonment. However on the orders of the High Court she has been out on bail since July 2014.