Maya Kodnani, ex-minister in the Modi government and Babu Bajrangi, VHP office-bearer, have been sentenced to 28 years and till death respectively by the Court in the Naroda Patiya case during the Gujarat riots. Maya has been awarded two sentences: a 10-year term and a life term. Though usually, multiple sentences run simultaenously, in this case, she will first serve a 10-year term, followed by an 18-year term. This has been done taking into account the gavaity of her offence.
Besides them, 29 other accused have been convicted of helping the criminal conspiracy during the riots. Out of the total, 37 accused have been acquitted by the court for their guilt could not be clearly established.
The Naroda Patiya case involved the killing of 97 people during the infamous Gujarat riots in 2002. The conviction is a big political setback for Narender Modi because it raises an accusing finger towards his involvement in the riots (as has been alleged).
Though Maya Kodnani is no longer in the Modi cabinet, she was an MLA at that time when the riots took place. Both she and Babu Bajrangi have been convicted of systematically hatching and carrying out a conspiracy and inciting mobs to kill people belonging to the minority community. In fact, Babu Bajrangi had openly admitted to his involvement in the riots in a sting operation carried out by Ashish Khetan of Tehelka.com in 2006.