Ahmedabad, Oct. 8: The special investigation team on the Gujarat riots has decided to approach the apex court for directions on the Narendra Modi government’s reluctance to seek death sentence for former minister Maya Kodnani.
The government had earlier accepted the recommendation of the court-appointed SIT to seek death for Kodnani, now serving a life term, and eight others but backtracked after protests from Sangh-affiliated groups.
Kodnani, a gynaecologist, and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi were convicted in August last year in connection with the Naroda Patia massacre, one of the worst in the 2002 riots.
The bone of contention is that while the Narendra Modi government endorses the SIT’s recommendation to enhance the punishment for the other convicts, it does not want that in the case of Kodnani.
“As the SIT was formed by the Supreme Court, we want the court to clarify what should we do. We want the court to give directions to the state government,” said a officer of the SIT.
He pointed out that the government had given the consent to file for enhancement of punishments in other riot cases and for convicts in the Godhra train carnage.