2002 riot case: Accused slaps another accused in court

Ahmedabad: An accused in the Naroda Patiya case of post-Godhra riots on Tuesday slapped another accused over some personal matter, while the court was is session here.

The incident occurred in the special court of judge Jyotsna Yagnik when a government officer, one of the witnesses in the case, was deposing on the matter.

While the proceedings were on, one of the accused Dinesh Marathi slapped another accused Vijay Shetty, seated besides him, after the later verbally abused the former over some personal issue thereby interrupting the court proceedings.

Following the incident, Judge Yagnik cancelled the bail of Marathi and sent him to judicial custody and ordered action against the duo under section 323 (causing hurt) and 186 (obstructing public servant from discharging public functions) of the Indian Penal Code.

In Naroda Patiya incident, 95 people of minority community were killed during the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

Former minister in the Narendra Modi government, Maya Kodnani, and former VHP leader Jaideep Patel are among those accused in the case.