SIT plea for Bajrangi`s bail cancellation rejected

Gujarat HC rejected SIT`s plea seeking cancellation of bail of Babu Bajrangi, former VHP leader and an accused in 2002 Naroda Patiya riot cases.

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2011, 20:03 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Gujarat High court on Monday
rejected the Special Investigation Team (SIT)`s plea seeking
cancellation of bail of Babu Bajrangi, former VHP leader and
an accused in the 2002 Naroda Patiya and Naroda Gam riot

The petition by the Supreme Court-appointed SIT, filed
in August last year, was rejected by Justice RH Shukla.

During the hearing that spanned over 16 months,
Special Public Prosecutors Ajay Choksi and JM Panchal had
submitted that the SIT was seeking revocation of Bajrangi`s
bail on the ground of his statements made during a 2007 sting
operation carried out by news magazine `Tehelka`.

In the video footage, Bajrangi is seen boasting about
his heroics during the riots and how he instigated the mob in
attacking members of a minority community.

Bajrangi`s counsel Yogesh Lakhani had argued that the
cancellation of bail was being sought eight years after his
client was granted bail by the HC along with four others.

He had alleged malafide intentions behind the SIT
seeking cancellation of only Bajrangi`s bail, and pointed out
that his client had cooperated with the probe, did not abscond
or tamper with evidence and attended trial court hearings.

Lakhani maintained that SIT had not sought
cancellation of bail of three other co-accused.

Bajrangi is an accused in the post-Godhra riots which
took place in Naroda Gam and Naroda Patiya areas of the city.
Both cases are being investigated by the SIT.

During the violence on February 28, 2002, 116 persons
had lost their lives in the two incidents. The trial in these
cases is being conducted in a Special Court following
directions by the apex court.