Thursday, April 18, 2024

High Court of Gujarat extends interim bail granted to RB Sreekumar by two months

The High Court of Gujarat has extended the interim bail granted to the former Director General of Police (DGP) of Gujarat State RB Sreekumar, who was arrested for allegedly fabricating documents related to the 2002 Godhra Riots case.

Justice Ilesh Vora who was dealing with the case said Sreekumar, who forged documents to implicate higher government functionaries in the case,has been out on bail since September and has not misused his independence.

“The Court said that the applicant is on interim bail and has not misused his liberty and have duly complied with the bail conditions.

The judge said that in such circumstances, he is extending the interim bail for a period of two months from today on the same terms and conditions, which were earlier imposed by this Court.

The Bench was hearing Sreekumar’s plea seeking interim bail on health grounds. where he highlighted about his age related problems and medical issues, and requested for the extension of interim bail for a period of three months, as the hearing of his regular bail application would take considerable time.

The plea was however opposed by the prosecution which said that that such relief cannot be given as he was initially given interim bail for a limited period.

Sreekumar was given interim bail in September this year till November 15, and the same was recently extended for 10 days. The interim bail has now been extended for two months.

He was arrested under Indian Penal Code Sections 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction for capital offence).

In its affidavit, the SIT has alleged that they he was part of a larger conspiracy carried out at the behest of late Congress leader Ahmed Patel to destabilize the then BJP government led by Narendra Modi in Gujarat.


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