2002 Naroda Gam riot case, in which former BJP minister Maya
Kodnani is an accused, has been transferred as principal
district judge of Valsad by an order of the Gujarat High
According to a notification issued by the Gujarat High
Court on Friday, principal judge, city civil court, Ahmedabad,
M K Dave has been transferred as principal judge of Valsad
He will be replaced by S K Baxi, who served as
principal district judge, Bhavnagar, before being transferred
Judge Dave was hearing final arguments in the Naroda
Gam riot case, and Kodnani''s lawyer started his arguments in
the case last week.
The arguments of prosecution as well as defence
representing several accused have already been completed.
With Judge Dave''s transfer, it is likely that the new
judge may have to hear the final arguments afresh.
The court started recording the evidence in the case
in February 2018.
Earlier, one of the judges, former principal sessions
judge, P B Desai, who heard the case, retired from service in
Dave is one of the 18 principal district judges
transferred by Gujarat High Court''s Chief Justice, who also
appointed sessions judges of 17 divisions.
The Naroda Gam massacre is one of the nine major riot
cases investigated by the Supreme Court-appointed Special
Investigation Team (SIT).
Eleven people of the minority community were killed in
Naroda Gam area in Ahmedabad in the 2002 riots during a
shutdown call given to protest the Godhra train carnage.
A total of 82 people are facing trial in the case.
Kodnani, is one of the accused in the case, was the
state''s women and child development minister in former chief
minister Narendra Modi''s government. PTI KA PD