Refusing regular bail to an accused in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts case, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the special trial court that is hearing the case to conduct trial on a daily basis and preferably complete it within six months.
The SC bench, comprising Justices S J Mukhopadhaya and Ranjan Gogoi, passed the order, while also informing the petitioner that he can move the regular bail petition again if the trial is not over within six months.
The petitioner, identified as Hasib Raza alias Shamimbhai FRM Saiyed (47), is originally a native of Bihar, who has been living in Ramol area of Ahmedabad. He has been charged wuth harbouring some of the key accused in the case.
Raza had sought regular bail on the ground that he had been in jail since 2010 and that the maximum punishment for the charges levelled against him was five years.
After hearing Raza’s petition, the bench ordered, “…we are not inclined to enlarge the petitioner on bail at this stage …direct the trial court to conclude the trial on a day-to-day basis preferably within six months.”
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“In case the trial is not concluded within six months, the petitioner may move before the appropriate court for grant of bail,” the bench added.