09 April, New Delhi
The Supreme Court Thursday stayed for two months proceedings in the Gujarat High Court on appeals filed by the convicts in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots case in which former Gujarat Minister Maya Kodnani was awarded life sentence.
A bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justices M B Lokur and M Y Iqbal said, there will be interim stay on proceedings in the High Court on the appeals for two months.
The apex court-appointed Special Investigating Team, which probed the riot cases, had complained that the High Court has been expeditiously hearing only Kodnani’s appeal when appeals of her co-convicts were pending too.
A special trial court had on August 30, 2012 awarded life imprisonment to Kodnani, Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi and 29 others for killings and hatching a criminal conspiracy.