A division bench of Justices Ravi Tripathi and R D Kothari allowed the interim bail plea moved by Bajrangi’s wife seeking his release for 90 days for his eye treatment. He had moved the plea seeking temporary bail to undergo proper eye treatment. He had stated that he is turning blind gradually and that he needs to be out on bail for its treatment at a private hospital.
He is one of the 31 convicts in Naroda Patiya riot case of 2002 where 97 people of minority community were killed. Bajrangi was awarded ‘imprisonment till death’ by a special trial court in August 2012.
Bajrangi had challenged his conviction before the High Court, but it had been stayed by the Supreme Court. The former VHP leader was earlier granted temporary bail six times by the Gujarat HC on various grounds. Earlier, his wife Meena Patel had written a letter to Governor O P Kohli seeking mercy to release her husband.
The bail granted to Babu Bajrangi on Thursday is not his first:
APR 18, 2013:Gujarat HC gave Bajrangi twoday bail for wife’s surgery
NOV 28, 2013: Court gave him 10-day bail for father’s cardiac surgery
FEB 21, 2014: The court gave him 15-day bail to perform his father’s last rites
JUL 8, 2014: The court gave him five-day bail for eye treatment
AUG 9, 2014: The court gave him seven-day bail for eye treatment after he claimed that despite treatment in a government hospital, he had developed partial loss of vision
FEB 19, 2015: The court gave him seven-day bail to attend his niece’s wedding