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Gujarat MLA Maya Kodnani, sentenced to 28 years in prison for her roll in 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case, has challenged her conviction by the trial court in the Gujarat High Court. A division bench of Justice R R Tripathi and Justice R D Kothari admitted the appeal by the legislator and posted it for final hearing. The dates will be declared later.
Kodnani's lawyer Hardik Dave said that they have challenged the trial court judgement on merits, and would be presenting their contentions before the high court during the final hearing. A special court in August sentenced Kodnani, a sitting MLA, to 28 year in prison along with 31 others, for their role in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case where 97 people of the minority community were killed a decade ago.
Holding that Kodnani was ''kingpin' of the 2002 riots in Naroda Patiya area, the court awarded her enhanced life imprisonment of minimum 18 years for murder and criminal conspiracy. Kodnani was also awarded 10 year imprisonment under other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The court said that taking into consideration Kodnani's position, who was a sitting MLA when the incident took place on February 28, 2002, her sentence would not run concurrently.