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Guj: Judge hearing 2002 Naroda Gam riot case transferred

Guj: Judge hearing 2002 Naroda Gam riot case transferred
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Ahmedabad, Mar 8 (PTI) A special SIT judge hearing the

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

Court.

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

district.

He will be replaced by S K Baxi, who served as

principal district judge, Bhavnagar, before being transferred

here.

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

December 2017.

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

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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