Maya Kodnani charged with murder
The Supreme Court-constituted Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing certain Gujarat riot cases afresh, on Friday filed a chargesheet in the Naroda Gam case in which BJP leader and former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani is one of the prime accused.
“We have submitted a chargesheet against the accused in a local court here. The charges have been framed under IPC Sections 120 (B) for criminal conspiracy, 302 for murder, 307 for attempt to murder, 395 and 397 for loot and 143 to 147 for rioting,” a senior SIT official said.
He said all the accused, including Kodnani and Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Jaidip Patel were present in the court when chargesheet was filed.
According to SIT sources, chargesheet has been filed against four accused — Maya Kodnani, Jaidip Patel, suspended police officer V.S. Gohil and one Pankaj Parikh.
The chargesheet said Kodnani and Patel had a led a mob during the 2002 riots which killed 11 people.
Kodnani and Patel are behind bars, while Gohil, who was a police inspector of Naroda in 2002, and Parikh are out on bail.
Modi faces contempt plea
An advocate on Friday moved the Supreme Court for initiating contempt proceedings against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged remarks linking the court’s order for probe into his role into the post-Godhra riots to a conspiracy involving the Congress.
The petition filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan is to come up for hearing next week.
The petition alleged that a day after the court ordered probe into his role in the 2002 riots, Modi “made a very deliberate and studied public statement alleging the Supreme Court’s order asking the SIT to probe the complaint against him has been done in conspiracy with the Congress.”