Ahmedabad: A special court here on Saturday reserved its verdict in the Naroda Patiya communal riots case wherein 97 Muslims were slaughtered by a mob led among others by a former minister in the Narendra Modi government.
Additional Principal Judge Jyotsna Yagnik said the verdict would now be announced on August 29.
The judge had earlier completed the hearing last month and reserved the judgement for today.
The 61 accused in the case include former minister in Narendra Modi government and Naroda MLA Maya Kodnani, ex-VHP leader Babu Bajrangi, local BJP leaders Bipin Panchal, Kishan Korani, Ashok Sindhi and Raju Chaumal.
The incident had occurred on February 28, 2002, a day after the Godhra train burning incident, during a bandh called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). A mob carrying lethal weapons led by Kodnani and others had gathered at Naroda Patiya in the city and killed 97 persons. 33 others were wounded in one of the most brutal post-Godhra riots.
The trial began in August 2009 and charges were framed against 62 accused. However, one of them -- Vijay Shetty, died during the trial.
327 people including, eye witnesses, victims, doctors, police and government officials, forensic experts and journalists like Ashish Khetan who conducted a TV sting operation on the accused were examined by the court.
(With PTI inputs)