After realizing that a bail applicant was actually sentenced to death by trial court, and not just life imprisonment, the Gujarat High Court modified its earlier order, imposing stringent conditions.
Thakore Nagjiji Babuji had obtained temporary bail on November 2 on his plea. In the said order, the division bench said that he is serving life imprisonment in jail.
But later, the prosecution filed another application, and brought to the notice of the court that the man has been actually sentenced to death, and there is a ‘typographical’ error in the order. It also sought modification in the order, expressing its apprehension that once he is enlarged on temporary bail, he would abscond and not return to the jail.
The high court corrected its earlier order and termed that the apprehension expressed by the state is ‘well founded’.
The court modified the order directing the applicant to furnish Rs. 50,000 as personal bond, and said: “The applicant shall be released only under Police Surveillance, at his own cost. Before his release the applicant (present respondent) shall specifically state where he would be residing during the period of temporary bail.”
Babuji was sentenced to death by trial court in a murder case. His appeal is pending before the high court.