A court in Gujarat on Tuesday ordered the BJP President to appear as a witness in Gujarat genocide cases against Maya Kodnani, who was a minister in Narendra Modi in 2002, when thousands of people, mostly Muslims, were massacred in the state.
Kodnani is already a convict in cases of rioting that earned Gujarat an international shame in 2002. She was found guilty in the murder of 100 Muslims in a neighbourhood called Naroda Patiya. She is also facing charges of murdering 11 Muslims on the same day in neighbouring Naroda Gram, just 10 kms away.
Kodnani has repeatedly complained that she was not able to contact Shah. Last week, the convict in Gujarat holocaust, was given four more days to find Shah’s address.
A judge ordered Shah to appear on Monday either in person or assign a lawyer to respond to what Kodnani claims: that she was not present when 11 Muslims were killed during the 2002 riots in Naroda Gram, a suburb of Ahmedabad, reported NDTV.
The court said that a summon will be served to Shah asking him to appear as a wtitness on Monday.
Kodnani, who was then a state minister in the Narendra Modi government, has already been convicted and sentenced to 28 years in jail in the Naroda Patiya case in which 97 people were massacred. However, she’s been out on bail almost indefinitely on health grounds thereby making mockery of justice.
According to an unofficial estimate more than 4,000 people, mostly Muslims, had died in the 2002 holocaust of Gujarat. However, the official figure puts the number of people killed at 1200.
The SIT chief, who had given clean to Modi for his role during the genocide, was recently rewarded by being made the envoy of Cyprus.