Naroda verdict may spell trouble for top cops, ex-minister

  • Harinder Baweja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Sep 01, 2012 13:14 IST
  • Maya Kodnani, Babu Bajrangi

    A combination photo of BJP MLA Maya Kodnani and former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, who were awarded life imprisonment in Naroda-Patiya massacre case.

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    Relatives of the convicts in 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, in tears outside the court on the day of pronouncement of sentence in the case, ...

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    Former Gujarat minister and BJP leader Maya Kodnani is led by police on her arrival at a special court in Ahmedabad. AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

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    Former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi is escorted by policemen on his arrival at a special court in Ahmedabad. AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

  • Maya Kodnani

    Former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani, one of the convicts in Naroda Patiya massacre case, is consoled by her husband as she is brought to the ...

  • Naroda Patiya massacre case

    Relatives of the convicts in 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, in tears outside the court on the day of pronouncement of sentence in the case, ...

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    Former Gujarat minister and BJP leader Maya Kodnani arrives at a special court in Ahmedabad, in a police vehicle. AP Photo/Ajit Solanki

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    Relatives of convicted are crying after a special court in Gujarat convicted 32 people including BJP MLA and former minister in the Narendra Modi government ...

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    Relatives hang by the police vehicle as convicts are being taken to jail from the court after the pronouncement of the verdict on Naroda Patiya ...

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    One of the convicts consoles his son while being taken to jail from the court after the pronouncement of the verdict on Naroda Patiya massacre ...

Maya Kodnani, a minister in the Narendra Modi government, who will now have to spend 28 years in prison for her role in one of the worst cases of rioting, was finally done in by her phone call records.

The log not only established her presence in Naroda Patiya on the day 96 innocents were burnt to death, it also reveals her connection with the political and police establishment. Importantly, the Special Investigations Team (SIT) did not submit a report probing the role of the police and the government.

Senior advocate-activist Mukul Sinha is now planning to move the high court asking for then MoS home Gordhan Zadaphia, the police officers and the officials in the chief minister’s office (CMO) to be arraigned as accused.

“Judge Jyotsna Yagnik, who delivered the Naroda Patiya judgment asked the SIT to submit a report but they never did. We will now be filing a writ in the high court,” Sinha said.

BJP MLA Maya Kodnani was awarded 28 years jail term in Naroda-Patiya massacre case.

The log revealed that Kodnani, an MLA from Naroda Patiya in 2002, was in touch with the CMO, Zadaphia and senior police officials.

Soon after Kodnani’s conviction, the Modi government tried to distance itself from her on the grounds that she was not a minister in 2002, but the log clearly established that four phone calls were made between Kodnani and the CMO on February 28, the day Naroda Patiya massacre took place, and March 1.

On February 28, Kodnani made a call to the CMO at 19:46 hours, lasting 79 seconds. On the same day, another call at 20:14 lasted 103 seconds. On March 1, Kodnani received a call from the CMO at 13:09 hours that lasted 179 seconds. Thirteen minutes later, at 13:24 hours, yet another call lasted 75 seconds.

Former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi was awarded imprisonment till death in Naroda-Patiya massacre case.

While the SIT that chargesheeted Kodnani took the call data into account, as also testimonies from witnesses, to chargesheet Kodnani, it did not file a report on how the accused had easy access to Zadaphia and the CMO during the riots. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/9/01-09-pg1a.jpg

Kodnani and Zadaphia spoke to each other on the night of February 28 at 20:14 hours for 103 seconds and again the next day for 93 seconds at 19:43 hours. Similarly, Kodnani was in touch with JT CP, MK Tandon, and KK Mysorewala, the police inspector incharge of Naroda.

Sinha told the HT, “How can the SIT rely on the same data to establish Kodnani’s complicity and yet not probe the larger conspiracy, linking the rioters to the political establishment? We will be moving the court within a fortnight.”

 

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