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Gujarat Riot Convict Kodnani To Summon BJP Chief Shah For Her Defence Testimony

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| September 8 , 2017 , 13:53 IST

Former BJP leader Maya Kodnani, convicted of organising the 2002 Gujarat riot, has been asked to summon BJP President Amit Shah, her last listed witness, to the court by Friday to testify in her defence, however, the leader has requested for more days.

The court, hearing the case had told the BJP leader to serve the summon to Amit Shah by Monday for his appearance in court on Tuesday.

The BJP leader, who was also a former minister, was convicted of murder in the 2002 Gujarat riot case and sentenced to 28-year imprisonment. The court, in 2012, had held her guilty of playing a key role in the killing of over 100 Muslims in Naroda Patiya, in the suburbs of Ahmedabad.

She was also accused of having a part in a close-by Naroda Gram, where 11 Muslims were killed on the same day.

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This is the case the former minister wants BJP chief to testify in her defence.

The court had granted Kodnani bail in 2014 outlining that her trial must conclude within four months.

While the all the other witnesses have already been cross-examined by the court, Kodnani, a doctor by profession has told the court that Amit Shah was a crucial witness in proving her alibi in the massacre.

Kodnani has claimed that during the genocide, she was first at the Gujarat assembly near Ahmedabad then at her hospital in the city.

At the time, both Amit Shah and Maya Kodnani were state legislators in Gujarat assembly.

According to sources, BJP chief Amit Shah is very unlikely to appear before the court and testify on Kodnani's behalf.

Although she has been the most high profile minister convict in the large-scale massacre, she was named Women and Child Development Minister in Gujarat by then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.