Summary: Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], September 18 (ANI): Appearing before a sessions court in Ahmedabad as Maya Kodnani's witness in 2002 Naroda Gam riots case on Monday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah said that Kodnani was not present in Naroda Gam on the day the riots broke out.
Ahmedabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Monday told a Special Investigation Team (SIT) court here that former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani was in the state assembly on the morning of the Naroda Gam riot on February 28, 2002.
Her comment came on the day a Gujarat special court awarded 28 years of jail term for Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Maya Kodnani and life term for Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi and 29 others for the 2002 riots at Naroda Patiya where 97 people were brutally killed.
BJP MLA and former minister in the Narendra Modi government Maya Kodnani and 30 others were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court which described the Naroda Patiya massacre of 97 Muslims during the 2002 post-Godhra riots as "a black chapter in the history of Indian Constitution".
Rejecting their plea for additional time for further appeal, the court observed that the accused had not done anything to quell or control the mob, which killed 106 people at Naroda Patia and Naroda village incidents.