Naroda Patiya case: Quantum of sentence today

  • Agencies, Ahmedabad
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  • Updated: Aug 31, 2012 11:35 IST
  • 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.

  • 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, ...

  • 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

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

A special court will pronounce the quantum of punishment for 32 convicts in the 2002 post-Godhra Naroda Patiya riots case in Ahmedabad on Friday.

BJP MLA and former minister in the Narendra Modi government Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi are among the 32 people convicted by a special court in the Naroda Patiya riots case on Wednesday, in which, 97 people belonging to the minority community were killed.

Special court judge Jyotsana Yagnik convicted them on charges of conspiracy and murder in the case, even as 29 other accused were acquitted.

Kodnani, a three-time MLA from Naroda area, who was considered to be close to chief minister Narendra Modi, is the first woman and first MLA to be convicted in a post-Godhra riots case.

Kodnani and Bajrangi were held guilty under sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC and the prosecution sought the maximum punishment of death sentence for all the convicts.

On Wednesday, during the arguments on the quantum of sentence, lawyers of Kodnani and other convicts had sought leniency from the court.

Among the 2002 riots cases probed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), in which rulings have come, Naroda is the only case, where convicts (32) outnumber those acquitted (29).

In the Godhra train carnage case, court had convicted 31 and acquitted 63. In Sardarpura case, court had convicted 31 and acquitted 42, while in Dipda Darwaja case 22 had been convicted and 61 acquitted.


 

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