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SIT may seek SC guidance on Kodnani death penalty issue

‘We have apprised the Supreme Court about the recent Gujarat government decision to withdraw sanction for filing an appeal seeking death penalty for Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya case,’ a top SIT official said on Tuesday.

Asked whether the SIT has filed a petition in the apex court in this regard, he replied in the negative.

‘We are not filing any petition because we are neither a party nor a respondent in the matter. But since we are Supreme Court-appointed officers for the case, we will be seeking judicial guidance on this matter,’ he added.

Earlier, the state government had given its consent to the Supreme Court-appointed probe team to file an appeal in the Gujarat high court seeking capital punishment for Kodnani and other convicts in the case like Babu Bajrangi, a Bajrang Dal leader.

However, the decision was later put on hold and Gujarat advocate general’s opinion was sought on the issue.
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