The lawyers representing accused of Godhra train carnage has alleged in the court that one of the witnesses who testified before investigating officer then had died seven years before the 2002 incident.
The fact came to light after the court issued summons to one Malaji Odaji Marwadi, who had testified on recovery of weapons from some of the accused in the case in 2002.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating the case tried to trace Marwadi, a resident of Bambhroli village of Godhra taluka in Panchmahal district.
But when SIT could not find him the prosecution filed a report before designated Judge P R Patel hearing the case, stating that Marwadi could not be traced and there was a possibility that he might have died during the course of trail.
However, defence lawyers Yusuf Charkha and others obtained records from the Godhra Municipality and brought it to the notice of the court that Marwadi had not died during the course of trial.