Trial Judge walks every lane in Naroda Patiya
Ahmedabad: The Judge hearing the case of
2002 post-Godhra riots in Naroda Patiya in which 95 people
were killed walked every lane in the area mentioned in
the case papers, as the trial is set to enter the final stage
During her day-long visit, Judge Jyotsna Yagnik talked to
some of the riot victims residing in the houses attacked in
one of the worst communal riots after the Godhra train attack.
Judge Yagnik, who went to each and every lane described
in the case papers by the prosecuting agency, also visited one
unused well, where it has been alleged by some of the victims
that many bodies had been disposed. She was shown the routes
the people took on February 28, 2002 to escape the mob that
had attacked the locality.
The visit came even as suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt
today claimed that the Supreme Court-appointed Special
Investigation Team (SIT) has not made any efforts to probe
into allegations of bodies of the Naroda Patiya riot victims
being illegally disposed of in a well in despite specific
documents supplied by him.
The allegation was made in a letter written by Bhatt
to SIT chairman RK Raghavan.
Yagnik was accompanied by Investigating Officer VV
Chaudhary (of the prosecuting agency SIT), Special Public
Prosecutors Akhil Desai and Gaurang Vyas, lawyers for
the victims YB Sheikh and Shamshad Pathan, besides a battery
of defence counsels.
The visit was conducted as part of the ongoing trial
to enable the Judge, presiding over a Special Court, to
ascertain the facts and other details presented by the
Sheikh said the visit was under Section 310 of the
Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) where a Judge can visit the
scene of offence/crime as part of the trial.
"The Judge felt the need to visit the scene of crime
as all evidences have been examined and the trial was at stage
of final arguments," Sheikh told media persons.
A total of 67 persons, including former Minister Maya
Kodnani, are facing trial. Kodnani, the MLA from Naroda, was
Minister for Women and Child Development Minister in the BJP
Government before being arrested in 2009.