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Naroda Patiya Riots' Judge Receives Threats, Accuses Gujarat Govt Of Ignoring Security

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| July 22 , 2015 , 18:23 IST
Former judge Jyotsna Yagnik, who pronounced the verdict in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots case, convicting 31 persons for killing 97 members of minority community, Wednesday accused the Gujarat government of turning a deaf ear to her request to enhance her security. [caption id="attachment_88830" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Representational Image Representational Image[/caption] "They (state government) have turned a deaf ear to my request. As it is said in court--status quo, so there is status quo," Yagnik, who recently received threat calls and letters, said when queried on whether the government has taken any action on her demand. ALSO READ: Naroda Patiya Case: Convict Babu Bajrangi Gets 3-Month Bail Yagnik said she has been receiving threat calls and letters for a long time and repeatedly requested the state government to upgrade her security to 'Z' level from the present 'Y' level. The former judge, who runs a law institute here, was talking to reporters after she announced that she will organise a two-day National seminar on July 25 and 26 on amended provisions of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in the Company's Act, 2013. Yagnik also commented on the issue of some convicts approaching High Court judges when their appeals were pending. ALSO READ: MHA Serves Notice To Two NGOs Run By Teesta Setalvad "When they (convicts of Naroda Patiya riot case) can approach the High Court judges, you people may imagine under what pressure, a trial court judge would have delivered the judgment," she said. Recently, a Gujarat High Court bench of Justice M R Shah and Justice K S Jhaveri ordered, "Not before us" and said that some of the convicts tried to approach them. In August 2012, Yagnik, who was the judge of special trial court, had convicted 31 accused persons including BJP leader and former minister Mayaben Kodnani and a Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Babu Bajrangi under the charges of criminal conspiracy for killing 97 people at Naroda Patiya area here. Holding Kodnani as the 'kingpin' of the riot case, the judge had awarded 28 years jail term to her, while Bajrangi was sentenced to spend his entire life in jail.

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