The Supreme Court on Wednesday has refused to grant interim bail to anti -Sikh riots co-convict Mahendra Singh Yadav on ground of being tested positive for COVID 19 and deteriorating health conditions.
The bench comprising Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice BR Gavai was hearing a bail application filed by former MLA Mahendra Singh Yadav in which he has submitted that he has tested positive for COVID 19 on June 26 and his health is continuously deteriorating.
The applicant further brought to the court’s attention that one inmate at Mandoli Jail with whom the applicant was sharing his barrack died on June 15. Thererafter, COVID test was conducted where 17 out of 29 inmates were found to be COVID positive.
On June 26, when the health of the applicant started deteriorating due to fever and loose motions, he was admitted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where he was tested positive for COVID 19.
The petitioner urged the bench to grant him interim bail since he has been in custody for more than a year and 5 months. Moreover, he is more than 70 years of age and is suffering from various urinary bladder problems.
The applicant has also submitted that he has been suffering from diabetes and several other kidney related problems.
Mahendra Singh Yadav along with Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and Kishan Khokhar have been convicted by the Delhi High Court in the Anti Sikh Riot case for killing of five Sikhs in Raj Nagar Part-I area of Palam Colony in southwest Delhi on November 1-2, 1984, and burning down of a gurudwara in Raj Nagar Part-II.
Yadav along with the other co convicts surrendered in December 2018 before a Delhi Court to serve a term of 10 year imprisonment.
-India Legal Bureau