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Gujrat: Ode village riot case judge quits citing personal reasons

Judge SY Trivedi, who completed hearing in the case, in which 23 persons of the minority community were killed on March 1, 2002 in Pirwali Bhagol area of Ode village, had tendered resignation on April 29.



Anand: A Special Judge conducting
trial in the post-Godhra riot case of Ode village in the
district has resigned from judicial services citing personal
reasons.

Judge SY Trivedi, who completed hearing in the case, in
which 23 persons of the minority community were killed on
March 1, 2002 in Pirwali Bhagol area of Ode village, had
tendered resignation on April 29.

Her resignation assumes significance as it followed her
transfer orders from Anand to Jamnagar district. Trivedi took
charge as the Additional Sessions Judge in Jamnagar and then
went on a long leave.

Trivedi`s resignation, in which she has written `personal
reasons` for quitting the judicial services, was under Gujarat
High Court`s consideration.

Following the resignation, no other judge has been given
the case so far. Principal Judge SN Vakil is in charge of the
case, special public prosecutor in the case PN Parmar said.

After completing the hearing in the trial against 54
accused in the case, Trivedi had reserved the order in the
matter, he said.

Parmar further said that after the resignation, Trivedi
has to serve a three month notice period, which is why she
took charge as the Additional Sessions Judge in Jamnagar and
went on a long leave for the rest of the notice period.

Last year, the special public prosecutor in the case
CH Desai and his assistant Manan Desai had also resigned from
the case citing `personal reasons`.

This is one of the nine cases being probed by the SIT.

The Gujarat High Court had set up special court to conduct
trials in these SIT-probed cases following Supreme Court
orders. Trials were on in these post-Godhra riot cases in
respective districts where the incidents took place.

Out of the nine cases probed by SIT, judgement has been
pronounced in only one case that is in connection with the
burning of S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express near Godhra
railway station on February 27,2002 where 59 persons, mostly
karsevaks were killed.

PTI

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