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Guj govt withholds decision on Kodnani's death penalty

Last updated on: May 14, 2013 11:17 IST

Guj govt withholds decision on Kodnani's death penalty

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Under attack from right wing forces, Gujarat government on Tuesday kept on hold its decision to seek death penalty for former minister Maya Kodnani, Babu Bajrangi and eight others in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots case.

The rethink comes after Chief Minister Narendra Modi government came under criticism from right wing forces for its earlier decision to go ahead with the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team recommendation to seek death penalty for Kodnani, Bajrangi and others.

The state government had earlier given its consent to file an appeal in the high court seeking death sentence for Kodnani, Bajrangi and others, who were awarded life term by a lower court.

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Image: Maya Kodnani appears for a court hearing in Ahmedabad in August, 2012
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

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'Final decision after state AG gives his opinion'

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"The decision has been withheld for now as we have to take opinion of state advocate general," Gujarat Finance Minister and spokesperson Nitish Patel told PTI.

"A final decision will be taken after advocate general give his opinion," Patel added.

Kodnani, who was earlier a minister in the Modi government, was sentenced to 28 years in prison by a special court in August 2012 in connection with the post-Godhra Naroda Patiya riot case -- in which 96 people were killed.

Bajrang Dal activist Babu Bajrangi was sentenced to jail for his entire life, while eight others were given 31 years' jail term each in the same case.

 

 


Image: Maya Kodnani appears for a court hearing in Ahmedabad in August, 2012
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

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