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2002 Gujarat riots: HC judge recuses from hearing Kodnani’s bail plea

A single judge bench of the Gujarat High Court Tuesday recused itself from hearing a plea by former state minister Maya Kodnani, convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patia riot case, seeking regular bail on the ground of her ill-health.

Kodnani today sought the relief while citing her deteriorating health.

Justice Anant S Dave, however, recused himself from hearing Kodnani’s bail plea.

As the case came up for hearing, the judge said, “not before me,” without giving any reasons.

The bail application is likely to be heard tomorrow before another judge.

Kodnani has submitted in the bail plea that her appeal challenging the judgement of special court is pending before the Gujarat High Court since December 2012. The appeal is not likely to be heard in near future, considering this she should be released on bail, the plea said.

Kodnani further contended that the Naroda Patia special trial court had relied upon the testimonies of many of the witnesses, which is not considerable as per the provisions of the law.

She has also given details of her deteriorating health as another reason to seek bail, her counsel Mitesh Amin said.

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