The Gujarat High Court today granted regular bail to former state minister Maya Kodnani, who was convicted by a special court in connection with the 2002 riots.
A bench of Justices V M Sahai and R P Dholaria granted bail to Kodnani.
She had applied for bail on the basis of deteriorating health and ‘delay’ in hearing on her plea.
In her bail plea, Kodnani (58) had submitted that her appeal challenging the judgement of the special court was pending before the High Court since December 2012.
In her plea, she said the appeal was not likely to be heard in near future, and considering this she should be released on bail.
Earlier in February this year, the former minister in the then Narendra Modi cabinet was given temporary bail by the High Court. Later, in the same month, she was denied extension of the bail.
Kodnani’s bail plea had come up for hearing before a single judge bench of Justice Anant Dave on July 15.
However, he had recused himself from hearing the plea.
Not before me, Justice Dave had said without giving any reasons when the matter came up for hearing.
Later, the case was posted for hearing before another bench, which gave the verdict today.
A special SIT court had in August 2012 awarded life imprisonment to Kodnani, then BJP MLA, Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi and 29 other convicts for the 2002 riots at Naroda Patia in which 97 people were killed.
Kodnani was made Minister of State for Women and Child Development in 2007. She resigned after her arrest in the case in March 2009.
The three-time MLA was the first woman to be convicted in a post-Godhra riots case.
The Naroda Patia incident had taken place a day after the Godhra train burning incident of February 27, 2002.