Gujarat Riots never occurred. Just like no one bombed Mecca Masjid, No one Lynched Akhlaq, No One Raped and murdered Asifa.
No One is perhaps the biggest culprit in the history of India, having committed several atrocities, mischievously honey-trapping certain leaders of certain parties who had suffered so much only to be acquitted due to some groundbreaking work by the NIA and the Judiciary that forms the essence of our justice system.
No One is still not been apprehended, and its smartness will never let it be caught.
Today, Maya Kodnani was acquitted despite eyewitness testimonies of her exhorting the crowd, distributing swords and kerosene.
Amit Shah s testimony was silent about where she was between 930 am and 10.30 am when the riot victims insist she was at Naroda inciting the mobs. That was the crux of the matter.
“It seems now that the thousands of innocents killed during Gujarat riots will not get justice. The government is gradually stamping out all the investigations, be it Malegaon blast, Mecca Masjid or Samjhauta blast,” says Rana Ayyub
During her sting operation, Rana Ayyub had met Maya Kodnani in the guise of Maithili Tyagi and later published the details in her book- Gujarat Files. This meeting with Maya Kodnani was published in Chapter 10 of the book. In this meeting Kodnani tries to convey it clearly that on that day she was with Amit Shah. In a way, she tries to establish that if she is held responsible for the Naroda Patiya riots then Amit Shah too can not be acquitted.
Maya Surendrakumar Kodnani is an Indian gynecologist and a former Minister of State for Women and Child Development in the Government of Gujarat. Kodnani joined the 12th legislative assembly of Gujarat after being elected to represent the constituency of Naroda as a candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party.
In 2012, Kodnani was sentenced to twenty-eight years’ imprisonment for her participation in the Naroda Patiya massacre during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Kodnani was one of the most high-profile individuals to be convicted in the case, as well being the only woman among the accused
CASE AGAINST HER: 2002: NARODA PATYA MASSACRE
Naroda Gam is one of the nine communal riot cases of 2002 that were investigated by a Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team. Kodnani has been charged with rioting, murder, criminal conspiracy and attempt to murder.
Naroda Gam Case
DEAD DURING PENDENCY OF TRIAL: 4
WENT ON TRIAL: 82
KODNANI ARRESTED IN 2009
CURRENT STATUS: All accused are on bail
In Naroda Gam, the SIT chargesheet states;
Kodnani was seen by about 14 eyewitnesses between 9 am and 10.30 am on February 28, 2002, where she briefly addressed the mob, allegedly asking them to kill Muslims.
One person was allegedly set on fire near Bank of Baroda Street, and another five were burnt at Chandubhai ki Chaali.
She left the Assembly around 8.40 am and reached Naroda Gam and then proceeded to Naroda Patiya.
The SIT claims that her arrival there was part of the same conspiracy which led to the killing of Muslims in Naroda Patiya too.
Naroda Patiya Case
CONVICTED: 32, INCLUDING KODNANI
CURRENT STATUS: Hearing on convicts’ appeals concluded last month, judgment is awaited
The Muslim locality of Naroda Patiya is less than 2 km from Naroda Gam. On February 28, 2002, it became the site of one of the worst massacres of the Gujarat riots — 97 Muslims were killed by mobs.
Since there were different set of mobs, two separate FIRs were filed by Naroda police. One of the witnesses testified to having seen her sitting with the then Naroda police inspector.
2012: MAYA FOUND GUILTY:
“Accused 37 (Kodnani) has been proved to be the kingpin of the entire communal riot and one of the principal conspirators who has actively instigated the rioters and has abetted them to form unlawful assembly to execute the conspiracy hatched under her leadership with other co-conspirators.”
Special Court announces 28 years Imprisonment to Maya Kodnani
JULY 2014: MAYA GETS BAIL:
A division Bench of the Gujarat High Court led by then Acting Chief Justice V M Sahai granted Kodnani bail on the ground that she had IBS [irritable bowel syndrome] and gastro reflux with severe weight loss.
APPEAL FOR INNOCENCE:
Out on bail Maya Kodnani appealed to the court once again that she wants to present Amit Shah in court as a witness to prove her innocence. She claims that when the killings were taking place, she was with Amit Shah only.
The Trial Court then issued summon to Amit Shah to appear as witness.
SEPTEMBER 2017: AMIT SHAH APPEARS AS WITNESS
Cross Examination by Special Public Prosecutor Suresh C Shah:
SAW HER AT ASSEMBLY AT 8:30 am
“I, Amit Anilchandra Shah, 53, national president of BJP, was a member of Sarkhej Assembly constituency. On February 28, 2002 at around 7.30-7.45 am, I left for Assembly where a condolence for the victims of Godhra carnage was held at around 8.30 am where I saw Mayaben Kodnani,”
In the court today, Shah said he had seen her in the Assembly, which had commenced at 8.30am on February 28, 2002, a day after the Godhra train burning in which 59 karsevaks were killed. Both Shah and Kodnani were BJP legislators in 2002.
SAW HER AT THE HOSPITAL at 11:15…11:30 am
“There were families of the victims, there was chaos. Post-mortem and identification of bodies were going on. Sloganeering too was on against the incident,” Shah said.
“…police were escorting Mayaben out of the hospital when I first saw her at the hospital between 11.15am and 11.30am”.
“They escorted me out… and dropped me at Gota Cross Road but she was still in the (police) jeep,” Shah added. “After that I went to my home and I don’t know where she went.”
Shah replied in the affirmative to the question that both he and Kodnani were members of the Legislative Assembly at the time of offence and that she also became a minister in the government later.
THE RIOT HOURS:
Assembly to Naroda Gam: 20 km by road.
On a day curfew was on, it is unlikely that an MLA’s vehicle would take more than 30 minutes to travel that distance.
Naroda Gam to Sola Civil Hospital: 26 km
With a curfew on, there is little reason to expect Kodnani would take more than 40 minutes to cover this distance. She could have been at Naroda Gam at 10.30am and at Sola Civil Hospital at 11.15am.
“It seems now that the thousands of innocents killed during Gujarat riots will not get justice. The government is gradually stamping out all the investigations, be it Malegaon blast, Mecca Masjid or Samjhauta blast,” says Rana Ayyub.
Irrespective of the political denomination of the government, the inability of the state’s institutions to bring culprits to book and hold them accountable for their misdeeds is quite evident across the country. No doubt, Kodnani’s exoneration read with the acquittal of the accused in various such cases like the Mecca Masjid blasts in Hyderabad reaffirms our worst fears, that “more the things change, more they remain the same”.