Kodnani has never been in the good books of Modi, which is perhaps why neither the CM nor his ministers commented on the judgement. When contacted for comment, Jai Narayan Vyas, spokesperson for the state government stated, “Why are you asking us to comment on the matter? Would TEHELKA have been bothered if the anticipatory bail in any other case had been cancelled? The SIT team’s word is not the word of law and by no means has this caused any embarrassment to us, as has been made out by everyone. It’s just a matter of law.”
The judgement has raised the hopes of thousands of riot victims who have waited for justice for seven years. The order has revived hope that the SIT will be able to interrogate Kodnani and Patel and reveal the link between the riots, state ministers and organisations such as the VHP.