New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hear Ram Jethmalani’s plea for extending the interim bail of former Gujarat women and child development minister, Maya Kodnani, 58, by six months until it gets details of the nature of the burn injuries she suffered while on a 3-month bail that ends on Friday.
The only relief she got was that she will not be arrested till Monday when the Bench of Justices H L Dattu and S A Bobde will hear her appeal for bail. She earlier got the 3-month bail on November 12 for treatment of intestine tuberculosis and she is currently in hospital after suffering the burn injuries. Her appeal against the Gujarat High Court rejecting further bail says that “if continuous human attention is not given to the petitioner, she may commit suicide and end her life.”
Kodnani was convicted for her role as a ‘kingpin’ in Naroda Patiya massacre in Ahmedabad in which more than 90 people were killed, including 32 women and 33 children, during the 2002 Gujarat riots and was sentenced to 28 years in jail in August 2012 in what the Ahmedabad judge described as a horrendous blot on democracy and a rarest of rare crime.
Jethmalani tried to plead her case by citing the newspaper clippings on how she got burns on falling on a lamp as attached to her petition, but the Court wanted an affidavit on the nature of the burn injuries, stressing that it cannot rule on the basis of just newspaper clipping.
“First and foremost we must be satisfied only then we will pass orders,” Justice Dattu said when Jethmalani sought exemption to Kodnani from surrender on completing the 3-month bail on the ground that she was in trauma with “suicidal tendencies” due to acute depression.
The court had on Wednesday agreed to hear the case urgently on Thursday on Jethmalani’s plea, but wanted some additional documents.