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Ex-BJP legislator gets bail in 2002 Gujarat riots case

Monday, October 18, 2010 10:39:12 PM, IANS

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Gandhinagar: The Gujarat High Court Monday granted bail to former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Prahlad Gosa, an accused in the killing of 11 Muslims during the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Mehsana district.

The killing incident took place in Dipda Darwaja neighbourhood of Visnagar town in Mehsana district.

Justice R.H. Shukla granted bail to Gosa while his plea was opposed by the state government and the special investigation team (SIT) set up at the behest of the Supreme Court.

Gosa, who was a BJP legislator in 2002, is facing charges of instigating a mob.

In February this year, a special court set-up on the directive of the apex court ordered that Gosa should be treated as an accused in the Dipda Darwaja case.

The order was issued on the plea of the carnage's witness Mohamad Iqbal Baloch. Gosa was sent to judicial custody Aug 3 following his surrender.

The trial court of Sessions Judge B.N. Karya had issued the order to charge Gosa as an accused in the case.

The fast track court order was challenged in higher courts by Gosa but after rejection of his plea, Gosa surrendered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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