There are many secular minded persons hailing the landmark judgment of Special Court judge, Jyotsana Yagnik in the Naroda Patiya case of the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat. The lady judge in a bold judgment convicted 32 persons including some high profile people like former BJP minister, Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi. Let's salute some courageous and selfless souls who helped to make this happen ?
Earlier, from 1991 to 1994, she had worked as faculty member (first as part-time and then as professor) at Gujarat Law Society and later from 1995 served as in-charge principal of I M Nanavati Law College in the Ahmedabad. She has done her masters in law, and also got a PHD in Human Rights.
The first major verdict she gave was in the Bijal Joshi gangrape case in 2008, convicting New Delhi-based businessman Sajal Jain and four others.
She has also been a POTA judge, where she has given many important judgments including the judgment in 2010, on the ISI conspiracy case under special POTA laws convicting 22.
In 2009, Gujarat High Court assigned Yagnik the Naroda P ...more