The Gujarat High Court on Thursday granted seven days bail to Naroda Patiya convict Babu Bajrangi after he sought relief for treatment of his ailing wife. This is the 14th time that Bajrangi, who is said to have lost his eyesight, has been granted interim bail, mostly on the ground of his own and his wife’s health.
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The Vacation Bench of Justice B N Karia partly allowed Bajrangi’s bail plea by giving him seven days relief from jail against 30 days which he had sought. Earlier in May, Justice Karia had granted him bail for seven days on similar ground.
Meanwhile, in June, the division bench of Justice Harsha Devani and Justice Biren Vaishnav had refused his temporary bail plea, stating, “A perusal of the jail record of the applicant reveals that he has undergone three years, seven months and two days of imprisonment. During the said period, the applicant had availed of temporary bail on as many as 13 occasions.”
While rejecting his plea, the bench had ordered, “Considering the period undergone and the number of times the applicant has availed of temporary bail, the court is not inclined to exercise discretion in favour of the applicant.” In February this year, the same bench had granted him seven days bail for treatment of his eyes.
Bajrangi, an ex-Bajrang Dal leader, was sentenced to life for his role in the Naroda Patiya massacre, along with former BJP minister Maya Kodnani and 29 others, in 2012.
Last year, Bajrangi had sought mercy from the Gujarat governor through his wife. He had said that he has lost his eyesight and pleaded to be freed from the jail.