The Gujarat High Court Wednesday granted regular bail to Kishan Khubchand Korani, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case. The court granted relief to Korani on medical ground as he has cancer and is “not in a position to perform his routine activities” in the Sabarmati Central Jail.
Korani is the third convict who has been grated bail in the case. Earlier, former BJP minister Maya Kodnani and her then personal assistant, Kirpal Singh Chhabda, were released on bail. Korani was held responsible for leading the mob during the riots. He was found guilty of opening fire on the victims.
While granting relief to Korani, the division bench of Justice Harsha Devani and justice Biren Vaishnav said that from the records it is evident that the petitioner is suffering from cancer. The order states that Korani is required to be provided constant medical treatment. In 2012, a special trial court had convicted 31 people for killing 97 Muslims in Naroda Patiya on February 28, 2002, a day after Godhra train carnage in which 59 karsewkas were burnt to death. All the accused have filed appeal petition in the High Court which are pending.