In Gujarat, a special SIT court in Ahmedabad has summoned BJP president Amit Shah to appear as a defence witness in the 2002 Naroda Gam riot case. Mr Shah has to depose for former Minister Maya Kodnani, who is one of the prime accused in the case.
Kodnani’s advocate Amit Patel submitted before the court the residential address of Shah in Thaltej area of Ahmedabad city, after which the court issued the summons to him on the same address. The court said it will not re-issue the summons in case Mr Shah does not appear on the given date.
Earlier, Kodnani could not provide the address on which the summons to Shah were to be issued. Her advocate had twice sought time to find out and submit the address on which the summons could be issued to Shah.
The court had in April allowed Kodnani’s plea to have the summons issued to Shah and some others as witnesses in her defence. At the subsequent hearings, the court had asked Kodnani to tell it whether Shah will depose as her witness.
Kodnani, in her application to prove her innocence, said that on the day of incident she had visited Sola civil hospital after attending the state Legislative Assembly. She claimed in the application that Shah, an MLA at that time, was also present at the hospital, where bodies of ‘karsevaks’ killed in the Sabarmati train burning incident were brought from Godhra. Kodnani said that Shah’s testimony will help prove her claim.