A special SIT court on Friday granted four more days to former BJP minister in Narendra Modi’s Gujarat government, Maya Kodnani, to find the address of BJP president Amit Shah.
Kodnani, convict in Gujarat holocaust of 2002, wants the BJP president to depose before the court in her defence in the Naroda Gam massacre case.
Though the court had on 4 September granted time till today to find out Shah’s address, Kodnani’s lawyers sought more time following which special SIT judge P B Desai gave four more days and posted the matter for hearing on September 12.
Kodnani had pleaded that she was not able to find his address to which court’s summons could be delivered.
The court had in April allowed Kodnani’s plea to have summonses issued to Shah and some others as witnesses in her defence.
At the subsequent hearings, the court had asked Kodnani to tell it whether Shah will depose as her witness, reported PTI. Two weeks back, the Supreme Court had asked the SIT court to conclude the trial within four months.
A bench headed by the then Chief Justice J S Khehar was informed that the trial was in progress and evidence of defence witnesses was being recorded by a special court.
The top court had asked the lower court to complete recording of evidence of the remaining defence witnesses in two months.
Naroda Gam massacre is one of the nine major 2002 communal riots cases which were investigated by the Special Investigation Team.
Eleven persons belonging to the minority community were killed in Naroda Gam in 2002 riots during a bandh called to protest the Godhra train burning incident.
A total of 82 persons are facing trial in the case.
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.