Gujarat Global News Network, New Delhi
In a major setback to Modi government the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) has asked for death sentence for former minister Maya Kodnani, VHP worker Babu Bajrangi and 28 others in Naroda Patiya massacre.
The SIT on Tuesday asked for permission to file a plea for the same.
Kodnani and Bajrangi were arrested last year and were awarded death sentence of 28 eyars for the killing of more than 90 people during post Godhra riots. This comes weeks after the state government asked the SIT not to press for death sentence for Kodnani, arguing that there was "no direct evidence" against her. In April this year, the Gujarat government set up a three-member team of public prosecutors to prepare groundwork for filing an appeal seeking death penalty for Kodnani, Bajrangi and four others
But the very next month, the Modi government did a U-turn on Kodnani, asking the SIT to hold off its plea for death sentence until the Advocate General gave his opinion. The government was accused of changing its stand under pressure from the Sangh Parivar.
The three-time BJP MP from Naroda was made the state's Minister for Women and Child Development in 2007 by Modi despite the serious criminal charges against her in the riots case.
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