Supreme Court Grants Bail to 2002 Riots Convict Babu Bajrangi

He was convicted along with 30 others for his role in the slaying of 97 Muslims on February 28, 2002.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday granted bail to Bajrang Dal leader Babubhai Patel alias Babu Bajrangi, who was serving a prison sentence after being convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya case, reported the Indian Express.

Bail was granted on medical grounds. The state reportedly told the court that Bajrangi had suffered “complete vision loss,” was bedridden and deaf.

Babu Bajrangi has been serving his sentence at Sabarmati Central Jail since 2012 after he, along with 30 others, including former BJP minister Maya Kodnani, was convicted for his role in the slaying of 97 Muslims on February 28, 2002 in the Naroda Patiya incident.

His initial sentence of life imprisonment until death was commuted to 21 years in prison without remission in April, 2018 by the Gujarat high court. The same court also acquitted Maya Kodnani, according to the Indian Express.

Four police witnesses had testified that Bajrangi led a mob at different times on the day of the massacre.