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SC extends Kodnani bail by one week

It exempted Kodnani till Monday next from surrendering and posted her plea for extension of bail for February 24.

The Supreme Court Monday extended by one more week the interim bail of former Gujarat minister and a convict in 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre Maya Kodnani and directed her to place a medical report on her burn injuries.

A Bench led by Justice H L Dattu granted Kodnani the final opportunity to adduce a certificate by a recognised medical practitioner, specifying the kind of injuries she suffered. Kodnani has sought extension of her interim bail by another three months due to the injuries.

Displeased with Kodnani’s failure to produce the certificate despite adjourning the case twice in  the last week, the Bench said that the photographs of her injuries failed to satisfy the court over the nature of injuries and she would hence have to file a proper medical report.

It exempted Kodnani till Monday next from surrendering and posted her plea for extension of bail for February 24.
Meanwhile, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani told the court that Kodnani suffered from suicidal impulses and that though her burn injuries may not look very serious, she needed some relief due to her psychological conditions. He requested the court to let her move for a regular bail in the state high court while she was on the interim bail.

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The Bench however turned down Jethmalani’s plea, saying it was not permissible in law for a person to ask for a regular bail while he or she is on an interim bail. “She will have to first surrender and then move an appropriate court for regular bail. If you are really suffering, surrender and ask for the relief,” it said.

The court had on Wednesday and Thursday last week adjourned the hearing after Kodnani’s counsel failed to file requisite documents pertaining to her injuries. Kodnani has filed the petition challenging the February 8 order of the Gujarat High Court declining to extend her three-month temporary bail granted on medical grounds in November last.
She had sought extension of bail by 180 days.

First published on: 18-02-2014 at 12:32:34 am
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