New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted regular bail to four convicts in the Naroda Patiya massacre case in Gujarat in which 97 people were killed by a mob during the 2002 riots in the state. The Gujarat High Court had on April 20 last year upheld the conviction of 12 out of the 29 accused who were pronounced guilty on various charges by the trial court and had acquitted 17 others, including former BJP minister Maya Kodnani.
A bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi on Tuesday granted regular bail to four convicts – Umeshbhai Surabhai Bharwad, Rajkumar, Padmendrasinh Jaswantsinh Rajput and Harshad alias Mungda Jila Govind Chhara Parmar.
The top court also granted interim bail for a period of 19 days to convict Prakashbhai Sureshbhai Rathod (Chhara) to take part in his daughter’s marriage on February 10. He will remain on bail from January 28 to February 15, when he will have to surrender back to jail. Meanwhile, it accepted the appeal of these persons challenging the high court’s verdict convicting them for their alleged roles in the riots case.