Kodnani moves HC for shifting Naroda Gam case


Former state minister Maya Kodnani and two other accused in the 2002 Naroda Gam massacre case have moved the Gujarat High Court seeking transfer of the case from the court of Principal Sessions Judge of Ahmedabad City Sessions Court Jyotsana Yagnik. The other two accused are Babu Patel alias Bajrangi and Kishan Korani.

The three, who were convicted in the Naroda Patiya case and awarded life imprisonment by Yagnik, have moved the application after the judge turned down their application seeking her recusal from the case.

According to Kodnani's lawyer Hardik Dave, they have moved the petition on the ground that Yagnik has already formed an opinion on certain evidence which are identical in both the cases and therefore, that would prejudice their case in the Naroda Gam trial. "Under the provisions of Criminal Procedure Code, we have sought direction from the HC to transfer the case to any other court," Dave said.

The petitions are expected to be heard next week.

Earlier, the trial of the Naroda Gam case was being conducted in the special court of sessions judge S H Vora. Later, the Chief Justice of HC assigned the the job of conducting trial of the Naroda Gam case to Yagnik after Vora was elevated as HC judge.

Eleven persons were killed in the Naroda Gam massacre. Around 80 accused are undergoing trial in the case.

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