A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to an undertrial accused of helping prime suspect Sher Singh Rana in murdering bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi.
"I order the release of accused Praveen Mittal on bail on furnishing of personal and surety bond of Rs 50,000 each," Additional Sessions Judge Brijesh Kumar Garg of a fast track court here said.
Mittal, a Roorkee-based advocate who was in jail since his arrest in 2002, had allegedly advised key accused Rana on fabricating evidence about his presence in Uttarakhand on the day of the murder of Phoolan Devi in the capital.
While giving relief to Mittal, the court considered the grant of bail to another accused Amit Rathi, an alleged arms dealer, by Delhi High Court.
"Mittal's role in the case is minor in comparison to Rathi," the court said.
Out of 12 accused, Keshav Chauhan, Rathi and Mittal have been granted bail in the eight-year-old case.
Earlier, the court had asked Tihar Jail authorities to provide specialised medical help to Dheeraj Rana, one of the accused, for his acute depression.
Rana, along with 11 others, allegedly conspired and killed Phoolan Devi, Samajwadi Party MP, on July 25 in 2001 to avenge the 1981 Behmai massacre in which she killed 17 people of Thakur community.