The Bombay high court refused to grant anticipatory bail to Azad Maidan riot accused Shaikh Junaid Abdul Rashid, who was allegedly shot in his leg by the police and is presently admitted at JJ hospital.
The vacation court bench of justice Abhay Thipsay refused to interfere with the sessions court order rejecting Rashid’s anticipatory bail plea.
Rashid had approached the court through his advocate Ejaz Naqvi, claiming that the police might arrest him from the hospital after his plea was rejected by the sessions court.
“If the accused is in the hospital and is not likely to be discharged soon, the police won’t take any chance by arresting him from the hospital,” the judge said.
The court, while rejecting the plea, also said that if at all the accused is discharged from the hospital and needs to be protected, he can approach the appropriate court, seeking relief.
The police are likely to file a charge sheet against the accused in the next two days.
A total of 63 people have been arrested in the case, of which some were discharged after being proved innocent, while several have been granted bail either by the high court or sessions court.