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‘Can’t reach Amit Shah to defend her,’ Gujarat riots convict Maya Kodnani

‘Can’t reach Amit Shah to defend her,’ Gujarat riots convict Maya Kodnani

Gandhinagar: Maya Kodnani who wanted Amit Shah to defend her in a case of Gujarat riots of 2002 has time till Friday to get the BJP leader for testifying in her favour.

The former BJP leader was convicted of organising the biggest massacre and was sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2012, for her role in Naroda Patiya riots. In the suburb of Ahmedabad, 100 Muslims were killed in a three-days violence. However, she was granted bail in 2014.

According to a report by NDTV, Mr Shah is the last listed defense witness in her trial; all others have been cross-examined. In April, the gynecologist was allowed to summon Mr Shah as a defense witness.

She has also been accused of murder in the riots that took place on the same day, February 28, 2002, next door in Naroda Gram, where 11 Muslims were killed. Kodnani wants Amit Shah to testify in this case on her behalf. The Supreme Court said last week that her trial must be completed within four months.

She claims that Mr Shah is crucial in proving her alibi because, at the time of the riots, 10 km from Ahmedabad, she was with him.

Both Mr Shah and she were state legislators at the time. BJP sources said it is highly unlikely that Mr Shah will appear as a witness on behalf of Maya Kodnani, who was a minister in Gujarat and is the most high-profile leader to be implicated in the killings.

After the riots, she was made the Minister for Woman and Child Development by then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.