Vacation bench of the Gujarat High Court on Friday orally asked public prosecutor to investigate claims of several petitioners seeking temporary bail on medical ground, mostly fever and dengue. The court expressed its apprehension over the authenticity of medical certificates issued on the petitioners.
Following such observation, at least six petitions were withdrawn anticipating rejection. These petitioners include convicts sentenced to life
imprisonment in the Gulberg Society, the Naroda Patiya and other cases.
One of the petitioners was Atul Vaidya who was convicted in the 2002 Gulberg Society massacre case. In October, Vaidya’s petition for extending his temporary bail on the ground of treatment of his ailing wife had also been rejected.
The bench was of the opinion that so many petitioners getting medical certificates from three-four particular hospitals requires investigation.
However, the bench did not pass any order in this regard.
Sources who were present in the court said that after court’s observation most of the petitioners withdrew their petitions.
Last week, the court had granted seven days bail to Naroda Patiya convict Babu Bajrangi on the ground of treatment of his wife. This was the 14th time that Bajrangi, who is said to have lost his eyesight, was granted interim bail, mostly on the ground of his own and his wife’s health.
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