New Delhi: The Gujarat government withheld the plea seeking death penalty for Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi in connection with 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case.

The Gujarat government had last month allowed the Supreme Court appointed SIT to seek death penalty for Maya Kodnani, a former minister in Narendra Modi government, Babu Bajrangi and eight others in Gujarat High Court. The appeal by the SIT was to be moved against the Special Court's judgment which had awarded in life sentence to the convicts in 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case.

Government had allowed to file an appeal after a gap of seven months, whereas stipulated time for challenging a lower court's order is three months.

In August last year (2012), trial court Judge Jyostna Yagnik sentenced Kodnani to 28 years jail, while Bajrangi was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison. Eight others were awarded 31-year imprisonment, while 22 convicts got 24 years prison term.

Naroda Patiya massacre

As many as 97 people were brutally killed in Naroda Patiya locality of Ahmedabad by a violent mob on February 28, 2002, a day after the Godhra train carnage triggered communal riots in Gujarat.

(JPN/Agencies)

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