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Naroda Patiya case: SC asks Gujarat govt to file affidavit convict's bail plea

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The on Wednesday asked the government to file a detailed within two weeks in connection with the application of Prakash Rathod, a convict in the 2002 Patiya massacre case.

A bench comprising Justices A M and also issued notice to the on an application filed another convict in the case for on medical grounds.

During the hearing on Tuesday, Aparna Bhatt, a who was asked by Justice to appear and argue for victims/witnesses in the Patiya case, had opposed the application of Rathod.

She had submitted that bail should not be granted to Rathod as he had access to weapons and ammunition. She had also made a mention of how Rathod was instructed to act.

On the basis of witness' statements, his plea for bail was dismissed by courts, Bhatt had said.

Additionally, the government had submitted a report to the apex court stating that Rathod's conduct in prison was bad and that he should not be granted bail at this stage.

The convict had, however, claimed innocence in the case and told the court that he was in jail for a long time and should be granted bail.

According to the prosecution, the rioting took place on February 28, 2002, in Pattaya area of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, where an irate mob killed 97 people, most of them from a minority community.

The massacre took place a day after the burning of at Godhra, which had escalated into large-scale riots.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 13:22 IST