A division bench of Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected extending of the temporary bail sought by Naroda Patia riot case convict, Maya Kodnani. It also made several stern observations with regard to the matter.
Rejecting the former BJP minister’s bail plea filed on health grounds, the division bench of justices Jayant Patel and RD Kothari observed that conviction is an order to stay in the jail. “Convict should not remain outside the jail for longer period,” the court observed while pronouncing its verdict on the plea.
Kodnani is serving lifeterm sentenced by the special court last year after she was found guilty in Naroda Patia case where 97 people were killed in rioting. The court also noted that Naroda Patia is one of the cases that is being monitored by the Supreme Court. Along with Kodnani, there are 30 other convicts in the case. “If the applicant gets extension of bail, others too will demand bail. Temporary bail to any convict should be granted only on certain circumstances,” it further noted. However, HC ordered that Kodnani should get access to all medical facilities. “Treatment will be provided by the government hospital and they are well equipped to handle such cases. It is the primary duty of the state to protect health of the convicts,” the court said. It further added that Maya Kodnani can be treated, as required, at any government and private hospital, and if needed, the government should also provide an attendant to take care of her health.
Earlier, Maya Kodnani had got a 3-month temporary bail in November as she is suffering from multiple diseases – heart, internal tuberculosis and gastro colic reflex. In her previous application she had also mentioned that her health is deteriorating and has also lost weight.
With the rejection of further extension, Kodnani will have to surrender to custody by February 12.