Naroda Gam: HC reserves order on Kodnaniís plea

The Gujarat High Court Monday reserved its order on a group of petitions filed by three accused in the 2002 Naroda Gam massacre

case, including former BJP minister Maya Kodnani, to transfer trial of the case from the court of judge Jyotsana Yagnik.

Justice K M Thaker reserved his order on the petitions after hearing the concerned parties.

The other two petitioners are Babu Patel alias Bajrangi and Kishan Korani.

Three have been convicted in the Naroda Patiya massacre case and are facing criminal trial in the Naroda Gam case.

They were awarded life imprisonment in the Naroda Patiya case by Yagnik.

They sought to transfer the trial from Yagnik's court to any other court on the ground that she 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.

Earlier, the trial of the Naroda Gam case was being conducted in the special court of sessions judge S H Vora. However, sometime back, Vora was elevated to the High Court following which Yagnik was assigned the job of conducting the trial by the Chief Justice of the High Court.

Eleven persons were killed in the Naroda Gam massacre and around 82 accused are undergoing trial in the case.

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